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Taking a look at Americas most dangerous jobs from labor statistics.
America’s Most Dangerous Jobs
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 110 occupational injury and illness cases per 10,000 full-time workers crop up in the private sector and state and local governments every year. And because of the unique hazards associated with certain occupations, some workers are at higher risk of experiencing occupational injury or illness. Here is a look at some of the jobs that are most frequently involved in workers’ compensation claims.
It isn’t surprising that jobs in law enforcement see some of the highest rates in worker’s compensation claims every year in many states. Workers in the police and security fields can be at risk for assault, vehicle crashes, firearms-related incidents, dangerous chemical exposure, and overexertion. Another element that complicates the issue of occupational safety for law enforcement professionals is the fact that police officers are often the first ones on a crime or emergency scene, and therefore might not receive warning of potential hazards.
The construction industry also continues to be one of the most common sources of occupational injuries. Construction workers regularly face the hazards of operating heavy machinery, working with heavy materials, and operating sharp tools. There are also other less commonly expected hazards like asbestos exposure and chronic pain in joints.
Medical professionals are regularly exposed to injuries and diseases that could end in their own occupational injuries. Some of the risks frequently seen in hospital environments include airborne illnesses, dangerous drug, and chemical exposure, waste anesthetic gas exposures, violent outbursts from patients, radiation exposure, and bloodborne pathogens. Healthcare professionals are also at a higher risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic pain developed from performing repetitive tasks.
Many are unaware of the wide range of risks associated with truck driving. Driving for hours on end makes these workers especially susceptible to extreme fatigue, which can result in truck accidents. Moreover, they are exposed to dangers during loading and unloading, falls from the height of the truck, and chronic pain associated with sitting for long periods of time.
The occupation of fisherman actually appears at the top of many dangerous jobs lists because it regularly sees the highest percentage of workers injured on the job per year. Fishermen face major hazards like malfunctioning equipment, inclement weather, hearing loss, musculoskeletal disorders, stress, and extreme exhaustion from working long hours.
This is only a small taste of the many hazards facing American workers today. Workers in the industries of manufacturing, mining, logging, farming, and flight engineering are also at especially high risk for injury and illness. But at the end of it, occupational injury or illness can happen to anyone, anywhere. If you’ve recently been affected by occupational injury or illness, don’t hesitate to contact Ben Davis today, so you can get the compensation you need to move forward.