Three Common Florida Occupations with a High Risk of Workers Comp Injuries
Although a workplace injury can occur in almost any setting, some professions pose increased risks based on the nature of the work performed. In general, these jobs require employees to be extremely physically active throughout the day, involve heavy machinery, or place workers in risky outdoor environments. When these workers suffer on-the-job injuries, it is usually due to at least one of these factors.
Planting, harvesting, and preparing produce for the market are extremely physical jobs that typically involve the use of heavy equipment. Large combines and trailers can cause severe injuries due to their sheer size and power. Many agricultural employees perform repetitive movements, including picking, clipping, packing, and pruning, which can lead to injuries over time. Also, there is a high risk of suffering chemical-related injuries due to the pervasive use of pesticides and other chemicals in farming practices. For agricultural employees who work with livestock, being in close proximity to large animals and moving herds creates boundless opportunities for injuries to happen.
2. Commercial Fishing
Florida is known for its rich ocean fisheries and miles of coastline. There are countless commercial fishing outfits based in Florida that sail the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico every day. The men and women who work on commercial fishing boats are exposed to some of the most severe and life-threatening risks of any occupation. The equipment used to conduct commercial fishing activities includes nets, spears, fishing hooks, anchors, and knives. Combined with the wet and slippery conditions that characterize most fishing boats, the risk of suffering an injury while working on a commercial fishing boat is extremely high. Also, calm weather patterns can change in an instant, placing workers in dangerous and uneasy seas. This can lead to a crew member being thrown overboard, injuries sustained as a result of rough waters, or even drowning.
Due to its status as a vacation hot spot and recreational wonderland, Florida experiences a high volume of construction-related activities. Construction workers perform a wide variety of dangerous duties while on the job. Electricians, cement pourers, and roofers all face severe injuries, including electrocution, burns, cuts, broken bones, and dismemberment. The potential for on-the-job injuries is heightened when the construction activities take place along a busy road or highway, which puts construction workers at risk of suffering injuries from a car collision. Metal workers, such as pipe fitters and steel cutters work with all sorts of tools, and frequently move heavy pieces of metal. This creates regular opportunities for lower back injuries, burns, and limb loss.
Report Unsafe Work Conditions Immediately
If your employer has refused to fix an unsafe work condition, you must contact the Florida Department of Health (FDH) at 1-850-245-444 immediately. Your employer is required to maintain a safe workplace free of physical, mechanical, biological, and chemical hazards. Violations of these requirements can cause an employer to incur penalties and fines. The FDH is responsible for overseeing workplace safety and administers the Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP). If you suffer physical harm at your workplace, the OHSP will investigate the nature, extent, and cause of your injuries.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury while at work, you may be entitled to file a worker’s compensation claim. The Hoffman Firm has over 28 years of experience providing legal representation to victims of workplace injuries throughout South Florida, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. Navigating the worker’s compensation system can be stressful. Hire a seasoned professional to help you ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us now at (800) 223-1866 or contact us online today to set up your free consultation.
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