The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of work-related deaths increased between 2014 and 2015. The statistics also showed that the most dangerous jobs were in male-dominated industries. Certain fields, many of which employ Pennsylvania workers, experienced significantly higher death and injury rates than other ones.
The most dangerous jobs, which experienced annual death rates ranging from 18 to 132 deaths for every 100,000 employees, had certain commonalities. These jobs usually involved unsafe conditions including outdoor work and/or the use of heavy equipment and machinery. For instance, landscaping and agricultural workers experienced death rates per 100,000 employees of 18 and 22, respectively. The logging industry has the highest death rate by far with 132 employee deaths for every 100,000 employees. The fishing industry is the second-most dangerous occupation with 55 deaths per 100,000 employees.
Employees who work from heights such as roofers and electrical power line workers also experience higher-than-average rates of workplace injury accidents. Those who operate heavy machinery and equipment, such as workers in the transportation industry, also have an increased chance of experiencing a workplace accident. Truck drivers, airline pilots and garbage and recycling workers are statistically considered three of the most at-risk employees. Lastly, steel and iron workers also face significant risks of workplace injury and death.
Even though some jobs are more dangerous than others, the fact remains that, regardless of the industry or job, any employee can be injured at work at any time. A worker who is injured on the job may be compensated through a workers’ compensation claim, but he or she may also have cause to file a claim against other parties for their injuries. Consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable about workers’ compensation and personal injury may help an injured employee receive full compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.