Some of The Most Dangerous Jobs Around
Work-related accidents can happen on any job site, but some occupations are more dangerous than others and see more frequent workers’ compensation claims.
On-the-job accidents can occur in any occupation, leaving workers suffering serious injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits act as a safety net in these situations, helping to ensure your family is provided for and that you get the medical care you need. Our Missouri workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 45 years combined experience in helping injured workers throughout the Springfield and Joplin areas get the benefits to which they are entitled. Based on our experience and research, the following are among the most dangerous jobs, which put employee health and safety at risk.
According to surveys conducted by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), close to four million workers suffer on-the-job injuries or occupational illnesses each year in the United States. Close to 5,000 are victims of fatal injuries on the job site, which averages to roughly 150 workers each day. While federal and state labor regulations have worked to protect workers against unsafe conditions and unnecessary exposure to harm, the fact is these numbers keep increasing each year.
Workers in the construction industry are among those most at risk. Heavy equipment operators, roofers, cement workers, and electricians all perform tasks that routinely put them in danger. Exposure to live wiring, hazardous substances, and dangerous debris or working conditions can end up resulting in potentially life-threatening harm. Time reports that additional occupations named as being among the top five for fatal job-related injuries include:
- Truck drivers;
- Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers;
- Trash collectors and recycling engineers;
- Grounds maintenance workers;
- Workers in the public transportation industry.
In Missouri alone, the Department of Labor reports that close to 13,000 workers each year suffer injuries and illnesses severe enough to cause them to miss multiple days from their jobs. Occupations considered among the most dangerous in the state mirror national statistics, and include workers in the construction, manufacturing, trade, and utilities industries. Common causes of injuries in these occupations include:
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Being struck by or against objects;
- Overuse and repetitive stress injuries;
- Acts of violence, either among coworkers or as the result of interactions with the general public.
When any type of job-related accident occurs, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through your employer. These can help offset the lost wages you suffer, while providing for your medical care and any lasting disabilities that occur as a result.
If you have been injured on the job, Morrison, Webster & Carlton, Attorneys at Law, offer the legal representation you need to get the benefits to which you are entitled. Reach out and contact our Missouri workers’ compensation attorneys today to request a no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help you.