Unfortunately, people are injured at work every day. This is because some of the most essential jobs that help with the function of modern society are also considered the most dangerous. These jobs involve a very high risk of injury, permanent or temporary disability, and in some cases, even death. Here you can learn about the most dangerous jobs in the country.
Keep in mind, if you are injured at work, or have a loved one who passes away because of an on-the-job accident, you need to contact an attorney.
Common Job Leading to Workers Injured at Work: Construction Laborer
If you work in the construction field, then you are in the industry that leads to the most people injured at work. While this may come as no surprise, due to the large number of hazards on the job, the actual statistics may surprise you.
- 8 percent of injuries on a construction site occur because of falls
- 6 percent of injuries on a construction site occur because of a person being struck by an object
- 6 percent of injuries on a construction site occur because of electrocutions
- 2 percent of injuries on a construction site occur because of someone getting caught-in-between
Common Job Leading to Workers Injured at Work: Correctional Officer
Another extremely dangerous job in the U.S. is a correctional officer. There are some officers that have to guard individuals in jail, prison, rehab and more. The fact is, a correction officer is up to 36 times more likely to be injured at work than the average worker in the U.S.
The fact is, three out of every 100 correctional officers have to be treated for a non-fatal injury every year.
Common Job Leading to Workers Injured at Work: EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
Those working as an EMT will usually be the first people called to and arriving at the scene of an accident or emergency. Being a first-responder means that the EMT is going to enter into critical situations to provide help to someone who is injured. The dangers related to this job include exploding vehicles, heavy lifting and more.
Each year, EMT’s treat more than 22 million patients, with many of these being dangerous situations.
Common Job Leading to Workers Injured at Work: Carpenter
Carpenters are in danger of being injured at work because they use power tools, have to lift extremely heavy items and must work in precarious places and positions. Regardless of how experienced a carpenter may be, there is always the potential for an accident occurring.
Approximately, 15 percent of carpenters report some type of injury each year.
Common Job Leading to Workers Injured at Work: Firefighters
Each day, firefighters risk their lives to save others who may be in life-threatening situations. Falling debris, burns, smoke inhalation, having to lift heavy items and the exposure to infectious diseases put all firefighters in precarious situations. Additionally, there is the possibility of them begin exposed to speeding or exploding cars and hazardous chemicals.
In 2015, there were more than 68,085 firefighter injuries reported in the U.S. There were also more than 8,350 documented cases of firefighters being exposed to infectious diseases.
Regardless of if you work in one of the most dangerous jobs, or not, you have the right to recover compensation if you are injured at work. If you need help with your case, contact the attorneys at the law offices of Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. by calling (561) 687-5660.