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25 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

A job injury can happen in any work environment. However, there are some occupations that carry a greater risk of injury and death than others. In fact, there are some professions in which the risk of dying is 10 times higher when compared to the average American job.

The financial website 24/7 Wall St. recently reviewed fatal injury rates for 71 occupations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program. If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident in South Carolina or North Carolina, contact Stewart Law Offices to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney today.

Top 25 Most Dangerous Occupations

The most severe job injuries typically occur in industries that use heavy machinery or have employees working at great heights. But even a desk job could result in a serious injury.

The 25 most dangerous jobs in America include:

  1. Logging workers
  2. Fishers and related fishing workers
  3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
  4. Roofers
  5. Refuse and recyclable materials collectors
  6. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
  7. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
  8. Structural iron and steel workers
  9. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
  10. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
  11. Electrical powerline installers and repairers
  12. Grounds maintenance workers
  13. Miscellaneous agricultural workers
  14. Helpers, construction trades
  15. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
  16. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers
  17. Construction laborers
  18. Maintenance and repair workers, general
  19. Mining machine operators
  20. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
  21. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
  22. Electricians
  23. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
  24. Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers
  25. Industrial truck and tractor operators

Common Types of Workplace Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. While not all accidents are serious, even a mild job injury may keep an employee out of work for several days or longer.

The most common causes of workplace injuries include:

  • Overexertion
  • Contact with objects and equipment
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Defective machinery
  • Exposure to hazardous materials and toxic substances
  • Insufficient safety equipment
  • Poor supervision
  • Failure to follow safety standards
  • Undertrained workers
  • Repetitive motion

Most employers in South Carolina and North Carolina are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to help cover medical expenses and lost income resulting from on-the-job injuries. These benefits can be critical sources of support for families while their loved one is recuperating, especially if he or she is the primary breadwinner.

Examples of Job Injuries

Tens of thousands of workers in the Carolinas suffer job injuries that range from mild to catastrophic. The most common types of workplace injuries include:

  • Muscle sprains, strains, and tears
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation
  • Electrocution
  • Thermal and chemical burns
  • Respiratory problems
  • Visual or hearing impairment
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Workers’ compensation benefits are typically available to employees regardless of who is at fault. Despite this no-fault system, deserving workers sometimes need help getting the benefits they are entitled to. When that’s the case, a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney can advise them of their legal options.

Need Help with a Workers’ Comp Claim? Call Stewart Law Offices Today

Involved in a workplace accident? Obtaining full and fair workers’ comp benefits can be a vital way to stay financially afloat while you recuperate. But filing claims can be complex and frustrating. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers at Stewart Law Offices can assist with every part of the workers’ comp process.

Call or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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