All types of jobs come with some form of risk. Even office workers are subject to repetitive stress injuries and slip-and-falls. However, some jobs are clearly more dangerous than others and some employees face much more serious risks while at work, even though employers are required to provide a safe and ethical work environment for their employees.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were approximately 5,250 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2018, which was recorded as a two percent increase from 2017. Which industries do these serious injuries most commonly occur in? What should these employees understand about workplace dangers and getting compensated for their injuries?
The Most Dangerous Jobs Nationwide
The transportation industry, including truck drivers, leads the way in most frequent fatal work-related incidents, account for about 40 percent of all work fatalities. Other particularly dangerous industries include:
- Logging, fishing and forestry
- Agriculture and farm work
- Recyclable materials collectors
- Police and sheriff officers
- Aircraft pilots
- Construction and extraction workers
- Landscaping and lawn services
While these industries lead the statistics in fatal work injuries, they also make up a substantial portion of non-fatal work-related injuries annually.
Workers who suffer injuries of any type or severity can and should seek compensation from their employer to help them cover expenses and recover. An experienced workers compensation attorney can help injured employees get a better understanding of their situation and navigate the sometimes-complicated world of workers’ compensation. It’s important to get a clear idea of your situation and your expectations for workers’ compensation.