According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost 3,000,000 employees suffered a workplace injury or illness in 2011, 4,693 of which were fatal. Certain industries pose a larger risk of injury than others. Below are five of the most dangerous jobs, according to the BLS most recent reports.
Dangerous Job # 1: Fishing
Fishing has been known to be one the most dangerous jobs in America for years. The fatality rate in 2011 was 127.3 per 100,000 workers with 42 total fatalities, according to the recent BLS reports.
Storms at sea can make this an especially dangerous profession, but tack on heavy and dangerous machinery with which fishermen work and it’s not hard to see why it’s on the list of dangerous jobs.
Dangerous Job # 2: Logging
Another of the most dangerous occupations is logging. Logging workers are also surrounded by heavy equipment, not to mention the fact that they work around falling trees.
The BLS reports that the fatality rate for loggers is 104 per 100,000 workers. In 2011, 65 loggers lost their lives while on the job, and thousands more were seriously injured in workplace accidents.
Dangerous Job # 3: Pilots and Flight Engineers
Plane crashes and other transportation incidents have made aircraft piloting and engineering another of the most dangerous occupations.
In 2011, 71 workers lost their lives in this occupation. The fatality rate was 56.1 per 100,000 according to BLS data. Despite the high-tech equipment, safety precautions, and extensive education and training, accidents can and do happen.
Dangerous Job # 4: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
There were 30 fatalities in this industry in 2011, according to the BLS data. The fatality rate was 36.4 per 100,000. Workers in this dangerous occupation must work with heavy machinery, not to mention with some repugnant materials.
Dangerous Job # 5: Roofers
Roofers must work from great heights, making falls a chief concern in this industry. Workers could also be exposed to dangerous rays from the sun and must work with machinery and tools that can cause injury as well. There were 60 total fatalities in 2011, according to BLS, and the fatality rate in the industry was 34.1 per 100,000 workers.
Seeking Compensation with a Des Moines Work Injury Attorney
Whether you work in one of these dangerous occupations or not, if you or a loved one suffered an injury while on the job, you are likely entitled to restitution via workers’ compensation benefits. Our Des Moines firm can assist you in the process and fight to make sure you receive the compensation you and your family need.
Feel free to contact Walker, Billingsley & Bair, serving residents in Des Moines and surrounding areas. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation: (515) 440-2852.