Is your job putting you at a deadly risk? Read this post to learn about the deadliest jobs in America, and how someone else’s negligence can put you in danger.
Many employers use strict safety standards to protect employees. However, no matter how many precautions are taken, some jobs are just inherently risky.
If you have been injured on the job, or if your loved one died due to a workplace accident, don’t hesitate to consult with a knowledgeable Florida attorney. You may be eligible to receive compensation due to someone else’s negligence.
These are the types of jobs where you are most likely to become injured or killed.
Logging carries a high risk of being struck by an object. The intense physical labor and equipment involved in logging also makes it more likely that will be injured or die on the job. Worse, most logging accidents occur in remote areas where emergency medical attention may not be available. Logging is one of the most dangerous working environments in the country.
Commercial Fishing Workers
As with loggers, commercial fishing workers typically work where medical assistance is not readily accessible. Extreme weather and dangerous equipment, along with the physical demands of the job, are factors that increase the risk for injuries or death.
Flight Engineers and Pilots
These workers must work long hours on irregular schedules. The fatigue can reduce their reaction time and lead to a disastrous accident.
Since roofers must work on elevated areas, their risk for falls is one of the highest in all industries. They are also more prone to slips and trips than the average worker. Roofers also often work in high temperatures, which can lead to overheating and dehydration. The tough physical demands of the job cause many injuries.
Iron and Steel Construction Workers
These workers must perform at high elevations, putting them at risk for fatal falls. They can also be struck by heavy objects like beams or equipment, which can cause serious injury or death.
Truck drivers experience a high risk of vehicle accidents, which can result in injury or death. Many of these workers also put in long hours, which can cause exhaustion that leads to accidents.
Agricultural workers have an increased risk of falls, slips, and trips, which can result in injury or death. Since they often work with heavy equipment or large vehicles, they also have an elevated risk of harm from those things. Finally, they have a higher risk of being struck by objects.
Like roofers, construction workers often work on high levels, and falls are a constant risk. Heavy equipment and inherently dangerous tools like nail guns or saws present a high risk of injury or death. Construction workers often experience injury to their limbs or backs.
Since electricians work directly with a power source, they are at a high risk of electrocution injuries. They also have an elevated risk of burns or falls, depending on where they work.
Grounds Maintenance Workers
These workers are required to perform heavy lifting, bending, and carrying large loads. They often work in hot weather, which can lead to heat-related injuries. Working with sharp tools increases the risk of cuts and stabbing injuries, and working with water can cause slip and fall injuries.
Building Maintenance Workers
Anyone who works on or repairs buildings is at an elevated risk for falls, slips, trips, and electrocution injuries. They often must perform a variety of tasks that involve risks to their safety, such as working on heights and being exposed to wiring.
Those who install and repair power or telecommunication lines work on heights and are at risk for electrocution injuries or death. An injury may require a lengthy recovery period.
Road Construction Workers
Both supervisors and laborers on road construction crews are at a high risk of being struck by a vehicle while working. These accidents can be deadly or can cause long-lasting injuries. Other risks in this field are falls and being struck by objects.
Law Enforcement Officers
These public servants are injured or killed most often by shootings or vehicle accidents. They also experience injuries when handling arrests. Law enforcement officers typically work long hours, and they are more likely to be injured at the end of their shifts when fatigue is a factor.
Anyone who collects refuse or recycled items works with an elevated risk of slips, trips, and falls. They can also be injured or killed by other vehicles on the roadways.
Obviously, these are not the only jobs that people can get hurt or killed doing. Even though working in an office may seem relatively safe, there are risks all around us, and if our employer does not do their job to keep the area well-maintained, anything can happen.
That being said, if you or someone you love is in any of the above professions, it’s important to be aware of the risks.
About the Author:
Jeffrey Braxton is a trial lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who has devoted his career to the practice of personal injury law. As lead trial attorney for the South Florida Injury Law Firm, Jeff has litigated thousands of cases and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive group of attorneys who have resolved cases in excess of one million dollars.