Dangerous Occupations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Nov 04, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Unfortunately, workplace injuries and fatalities happen much more than they should. Of course, some occupations are much more dangerous than others.
In 2014, transportation-related accidents resulted in 40 percent of workplace fatalities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, below are some of the most dangerous occupations, based on the number of reported injuries and deaths per year.
Occupations with High Injury and Death Rates
- Sales Workers - Selling services or goods door-to-door often brings unforeseen challenges, especially when selling in new territory. Sales people also must navigate busy streets, which can pose safety risks.
- Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs Taxi drivers spend their days transporting passengers to their destinations. These workers are at higher risk for injuries resulting in vehicle accidents because they are constantly on the roadways.
- Truck Drivers Truckers are responsible for transporting heavy material and cargo to various destinations on a strict schedule. This means they must drive for long periods, often putting themselves at risk of falling asleep or getting into auto accidents. The sheer weight of their cargo, at least 26,000 pounds, can cause serious injuries and death in cases of auto accidents.
- Mine Shuttle Car Operators These mine workers experience real dangers as they often travel to the deepest parts of a mine, and transport materials to mine cars. Mine shuttle car operators have been crushed between cars, electrocuted by cables and have had rocks fall on them, all resulting in death.
- Logging Logging, also known as lumberjacking, is the most dangerous job today. Loggers harvest timber by using dangerous equipment, such as chainsaws or axes. They also have to stay alert to falling trees, which can strike and kill them instantly. Particularly after a violent storm, loggers are constantly in danger of getting fatally injured.
If you have suffered a workplace injury due to employer negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Harbin & Burnett bring their compassionate knowledge and expertise to support families in their work related injury claims. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.