Anyone who suffers an injury in the workplace has the right to file for worker’s compensation, and in some cases employer negligence may bring about a personal injury claim.
However, there are some workers who are at much greater risk than others, due to the dangers inherent to their industry. Here’s a quick look at the most dangerous jobs in America, according to information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Logging: The logging industry was classified as the most dangerous job in America, with 97.6 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. The most common type of fatal accident in the field was contact with objects and equipment.
- Fishers and other fishing workers: Have you seen The Deadliest Catch? Well, the dangers of the job certainly are not understated. The industry sees about 77.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, and the median wages of $28,310 per year hardly make the dangers worthwhile.
- Roofing: Roofers spend a lot of time at high elevations and working with potentially dangerous equipment. There is an average of 51.5 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, and many more non-fatal injuries that occur each year.
- Truck drivers: Truck drivers spend a whole lot of time out on the road, which increases their potential exposure for auto accidents. There are 26 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers per year, with 966 total fatal injuries in the most recent year for which there is complete data.
- Agriculture: Farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers see some significant dangers I their everyday jobs. There are 24.7 fatal injuries per year for every 100,000 full-time workers, mostly due to transportation accidents, but also due to accidents with agricultural equipment and machinery.
- Construction: Construction workers see perhaps the most non-fatal injuries per year, but also have a fairly high risk of fatal accidents, with 21 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers per year.
For more information about what to do if you’ve suffered an injury at work, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.