Workplace Injuries and the Deadliest Jobs in America
There are many representations of some of the country’s deadliest jobs in popular television shows; however, the riskiest jobs aren’t always the ones that are popularized in pop culture. Some of the jobs that lead to the most workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, may come as a surprise.
Outdoor Jobs are Towards the Top
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people who work outdoors are at risk of suffering serious injuries. For example, logging workers are at great risk of suffering injuries. With many power tools and heavy trees falling regularly, there are many ways that someone can suffer an injury while on the job. Fishermen also frequently suffer injuries while on the job. From sharp fishing hooks to boating accidents and water incidents, there are many ways someone can get hurt. Even the fishing hook can seriously injure people in the area. Coming as a surprise to some, farmers are towards the top of the list as well. The equipment used to plant and sow the seeds of different crops is heavy and a challenge to use. When people are asked to learn how to use new equipment for every crop, it is easy to make mistakes that lead to workplace injuries.
The Construction Industry
For those who have had work done on their roof, they should understand that working at great heights is dangerous. Workplace injuries to roofers can result from hammers, nails, and nail guns. Do not forget that people can also fall from a roof in short order. Not only can falls lead to numerous injuries but they could be fatal as well. Construction workers often have to operate heavy machinery and improper maintenance or use can lead to serious injuries. Furthermore, construction workers have to operate heavy machinery, often at great heights, with sharp tools that are capable of killing people. Many construction workers get hurt while on the job, which helps them make this list. For employees who are asked to work with wires, electrical workers have many ways that they can hurt themselves in this line of work. This includes falls from great heights, electrocution injuries, and puncture wounds from sharp objects. All of these helped this field to make the list.
Those who are responsible for collecting garbage and recycling may not realize how dangerous those trucks and machines are. People can fall off of the back of these giant trucks in addition to winding up in accidents. There is also the opportunity for injury in the compactor either on the truck or at the plant. Crush injuries in these compactors can be serious. Furthermore, the people who keep machines in top condition are often asked to learn the intricacies of the machines and the equipment that keeps them maintained. A mistake with either of these pieces of equipment can lead to cuts, shocks, and many other injuries. Even maintenance crews who work outside are at risk. Those who are asked to keep the grounds looking nice often mow lawns, spread pine needles, keep weeds at bay, and trim the hedges. Many of these involve sharp power tools that are capable of causing numerous injuries to workers.
The Transportation Industry
While airplanes don’t go down very often, plane crashes are almost always disastrous. Plane crashes often result in multiple fatalities. Combine this with the dangerous equipment the aircraft engineers have to work with and the recipe for injuries is there. On the ground, unfortunately, truckers are often pushed to the limits when it comes to mileage and hours behind the wheel. Driving while fatigued is a recipe for disaster in this line of work. Truck accidents can cause head injuries, bone fractures, and serious blood loss. Even with smaller vehicles, the more someone is on the road, the greater the risk that they will get hurt. This is how taxi drivers and chauffeurs wind up with workplace injuries, particularly if they drive while tired, and why they are on this list as well. Even maintaining these vehicles is a dangerous job. Mechanics are asked to work with heavy tools and equipment while underneath buses and trucks. This puts them in a dangerous position and can lead to cuts and scrapes, in addition, to crush injuries while on the job.
The police department has been in the news on a regular basis. News of police officers getting hurt should not come as a surprise to anyone. Criminal activity and auto accidents can lead to numerous injuries in this field. Firefighters are also at risk of getting injured while on the job. Rushing into a burning building while wearing heavy equipment isn’t exactly a safe job. For this reason, fire fighters often get hurt. They suffer injuries ranging from muscle and bone injuries to smoke inhalation that can keep them out of action for some time. The extraction crews that also respond to accidents are in a dangerous line of work. This is an umbrella term used to describe workers who pull people or items out of tight spaces. There are opportunities for car accidents and workplace injuries with the job’s equipment in this line of work, which could lead to bone fractures and compression injuries.
Coming as a Surprise to Some
There were a few occupations that were on the list that may have surprised some people. Professional athletes have a dangerous occupation. While the injury reports for the major sports times are often highly publicized, many people don’t think of this field as dangerous. On the other hand, athletes tear ligaments and break bones regularly while pushing their bodies to the limit. Painters also made the list. While painting on an easel may not strike people as a dangerous line of work, painting on billboards, buildings, and advertisements often takes place at great heights. In addition to having fall injuries as a risk, paint cans can also fall and injure people below.
Don’t be Afraid to Act
Anyone who has suffered workplace injuries should consider contacting the experienced personal injury attorneys at GOM Law in McAllen, TX for more information and advice regarding possible routes for legal action.