Understanding the Dangers of High Risk Occupations
According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of every 100,000 workers in the nation, three will die on the job. Even more will be injured at the workplace. Every day, people go to their jobs and face various levels of danger depending on their occupation. The reality is, though, that some jobs have a higher risk inherent with their responsibilities than others.
High-risk occupations for workplace injury or even death include, but are not limited to:
- Construction sites. Consistently moving heavy equipment and machinery creates an extremely dangerous environment where workers can easily be injured. Aside from the risk of falling objects or injuries from power tools, there’s always the risk of exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos. Explosions or fires can also cause injury on construction sites.
- Fishing industry. Commercial fishermen face the risk of drowning, being caught in their equipment, or falling overboard. Deep-sea fishing is particularly dangerous, though inshore fishing has its fair share of dangers as well. Just one wrong fall or slip on the desk can have severe consequences.
- Drivers. Whether you’re hauling freight across the interstates or a taxi driver carrying travelers, you could face injury or death from collisions or vehicle malfunctions. The reality is that the more miles you put on the road, the higher your risk of accident or injury.
- Sanitation workers. Not only do you deal with heavy, dangerous machinery, but you’re also exposing yourself to toxic substances as well. Exposure to these substances can make you sick and compromise your health.
- Skilled workers. If you’re an electrician, carpenter, plumber, or any other kind of skilled worker, you will work with a lot of dangerous equipment. Accidents in these kinds of professions can happen in a split second, but create severe lifelong injuries.
If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s absolutely critical to get the attention, care, and benefits that you deserve. Not only is your health on the line, but your ability to make a living and support yourself and your family may be compromised as well.
By working with a workers’ comp attorney, you can ensure that you have received all the benefits that you deserve. Furthermore, it’s possible to assess the injury risks at your workplace environment to determine whether or not the injury could have been prevented. While certain occupations pose a higher risk than others, employers are still responsible for a safe workplace environment.
Interested in learning more about workers’ compensation? Then contact the Workers Compensation Center with The Hoffman Firm today!
Evan A. Hoffman
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