While workplace injuries are a regrettable but typical occurrence, some occupations remain more dangerous than others. Do you want to find out if your job is one of the riskiest in the country? Below, we’ll show you which jobs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers to be the most dangerous in terms of fatalities.
1. Fishing and Hunting Workers
The rate of fatal injuries is 132.1 per 100,000 workers.
Workers in the fishing and hunting industries interact with wildlife in a variety of ways. To carry out their responsibilities, they set traps, reel in catches from commercial fishing, and work on heavy gear. Because of the often hazardous conditions, this is the most dangerous occupation in the country. Drowning is a common cause of workplace deaths, however, injuries caused by heavy machinery can also result in workplace deaths.
2. Logging Workers
The rate of fatal injuries is 91.7 per 100,000 workers.
Loggers are employed in woods and other outdoor settings. They are in charge of cutting down trees using heavy machinery in order to produce raw materials such as lumber, paper, and cardboard. Conditions that need the use of heavy machinery and interaction with harmful objects are two aspects of this trade that make it dangerous. Heavy machinery-related injuries are the leading cause of mortality in this industry.
The rate of fatal injuries is 47 per 100,000 workers.
Being a roofer is still one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The most common causes of fatal injuries are falls from the roof they are working on or ladders they utilize during their profession.
4. Construction Workers
The rate of fatal injuries is 43.3 per 100,000 workers.
Construction employees are responsible for a wide range of tasks, the majority of which, if not all, involve a high risk of harm. While working, construction workers are exposed to an atmosphere in which things can fall on them or they can fall from enormous heights. Accidents on ladders and accidents from heavy machinery are two prominent causes of fatal injuries.
5. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
The rate of fatal injuries is 34.3 per 100,000 workers.
In 2018, aircraft pilots and flight engineers were ranked as the second and third most dangerous jobs, respectively, but have subsequently fallen out of contention as the profession with the highest fatal injury rate. Transportation events are a common source of fatal accidents in this field. While commercial planes are still extremely safe, private planes and helicopters are the most dangerous components of this career.
6. Refuse Waste and Recyclable Material Collectors
The rate of fatal injuries is 33.1 per 100,000 workers.
Collectors of refuse waste and recyclable materials, such as garbage men, work in a very challenging environment on a daily basis. Because of injuries involving heavy machinery on the trucks used, this workforce is prone to injuries and fatalities. Because these workers frequently stop in the center of traffic routes to collect trash, one of the most prevalent causes of death in this area is workers being struck by a garbage truck or another vehicle.
7. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
The rate of fatal injuries is 32.5 per 100,000 workers.
Accidental falls, slips, and trips are one of the most common causes of mortality in this area. These workers are frequently climbing ladders, operating heavy machines, or lifting, loading, and unloading steel because they are tasked with creating massive structures out of steel. These responsibilities also present a number of potential for unintentional errors.
8. Delivery and Truck Drivers
The rate of fatal injuries is 25.8 per 100,000 workers. Motor vehicle accidents put truck drivers, even small-scale delivery drivers, in danger on the job. Crashes continue to be the top cause of mortality in this industry.
9. Underground Mining Machine Operators
The rate of fatal injuries is 21.6 per 100,000 workers.
Miners who are required to operate heavy machinery have an increased risk of injury and death. Transportation accidents, heavy machinery accidents, and collisions with objects and other equipment are all common causes of mortality.
10. Farmers and Agricultural Workers
The rate of fatal injuries is 20.9 per 100,000 workers. Farmers and agricultural laborers are frequently exposed to heavy machinery. Heavy machinery is frequently the cause of fatalities in this industry. Tractor accidents are one of the most common causes of death among workers in this industry.
If you are injured on the job, Invictus Law can assist you in obtaining workers’ compensation payments. If you have a workers’ compensation claim in California and want to make sure you get the most pay possible, contact Invictus Law now at 949-287-5711 to talk with a dedicated California workers’ compensation attorney.
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