Top 5 Most Dangerous Professions

Colorado attorneys for work-related accidents at The Babcock Law Firm list the deadliest jobs in the country
 
Hazardous working environments put workers at risk of injury and sometimes even death. Serious workplace injuries can often leave people unable to do their job or earn an income. These situations add personal and financial stress on the lives of those affected.

For certain professions, the risk of injury or death is much greater. In order to prevent the burden of a workplace injury, workers in these professions should be aware of the risks involved and know what steps to take if an injury on the job occurs. Likewise, workers and their families should be aware of the compensation they are entitled to in the event of a work-related accident.

Below are the top 5 most dangerous professions, according to (PDF) data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These numbers are based on the rate of fatalities due to work-related injuries.

1. Logging Worker

The logging industry has surpassed the commercial fishing industry as the number one most dangerous job, according to data collected in 2013. Loggers face many risks on the job every day, including exposure to natural elements, working with chainsaws and heavy machinery, and the danger of rolling or falling timber. Loggers may also be susceptible to injuries due to tasks that require repetitive motion. These types of injuries may result in chronic muscle, joint or back pain.

Risks:

  • Injuries related to chainsaw use
  • Rolling or falling timber
  • Injuries related to logging machinery
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Heavy lifting

2. Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Fishing has always been a dangerous profession. Workers in the fishing industry toil long hours, sometimes in cold and wet conditions. The fatigue that results from long hours and exposure to the elements increases the risk of a serious accident. Fishermen are prone to injuries caused by machinery onboard such as deck winches or fish processing equipment. Likewise, fishermen in wet, exhausting conditions are more susceptible to slips and falls, which could result in workers falling overboard.

Risks:

  • Falling overboard
  • Boat accidents
  • Injuries related to onboard machinery
  • Slips or falls onboard
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Fish processing accidents

3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers are among an elite profession of well-trained individuals. They must be highly qualified to perform the task of flying; however, that's not to say pilots and flight engineers are infallible. Their job requires quick and precise responses to a host of onboard issues. Pilot error can result in a plane crash. In addition, the risks of aircraft malfunction or hazardous weather make flying one of the most unpredictable and dangerous professions.

Risks:

  • Plane crash

4. Roofers

Working outside on high platforms makes roofing the fourth most dangerous profession. Roofers must avoid falling from great heights while getting the job done. This becomes difficult when working with weather extremes such as wind, heat and exposure to the sun. Roofers also must worry about things from above, as gravity may pull down equipment and debris that could injure workers below.

Risks:

  • Falls
  • Heat stroke
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Falling debris

5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Refuse and recyclable material collectors face an array of hazards while on the job. Most workplace injuries are vehicle-related. Many refuse and recyclable material collectors work in the streets and the danger of being struck by a moving vehicle, or even their own truck, is a real possibility. These workers also face other hazards such as handling dangerous waste such as chemicals, broken glass, syringes and other sharp objects.

Risks:

  • Vehicle-related injuries
  • Falling or slipping from moving vehicle
  • Injuries from hazardous materials inside refuse containers
  • Musculoskeletal disorders

As an employee of a dangerous profession, it is necessary to be well informed of the risks involved and the steps that should be taken following a work-related injury or death.  To ensure your rights as a worker or the family of an injured or deceased worker, contact an experienced work-injury attorney immediately to discuss your claim.

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