Every job comes with some type of risk, whether you sit behind a desk or work on the top of a skyscraper. In fact, millions of people suffer injuries on the job every year, from back pain and carpal tunnel to brain injuries and fatal falls.
However, there are some occupations that are more dangerous than others.
More specifically, the most dangerous occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Business Insider, include:
- Logging workers
- Waste collectors
- Steel and iron workers
- Truck drivers
- Farmers and agricultural managers
- Construction and extraction worker supervisors
- Ground maintenance workers
People who work in these occupations can be exposed to harsh weather conditions, powerful machinery and significant heights, among other hazardous elements. This puts them at increased risk of fatal and non-fatal accidents stemming from:
- Vehicle crashes
- Violence by people or animals
- Slips, trips and falls
- Contacts with dangerous equipment
Taking your safety seriously
If you work in these or similar jobs, you probably already take safety measures quite seriously. You likely wear specific safety gear and comply with safety regulations. Unfortunately, this may not always be enough to prevent accidents and keep you safe.
There may be situations where you don’t have the proper materials or adequate training. You could also be the victim of bad luck or someone else’s negligence, which can prove to be catastrophic in these occupations.
Seeking remedies after an accident
Whatever the reason for and cause of an occupational accident may be, it is imperative that injured workers and their families understand there may be remedies available. This includes financial damages through a personal injury lawsuit, a workers’ compensation claim or both.
Money is not going to undo an accident. However, it can make it easier for victims and their loved ones to recover and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of one.