Any job can be potentially dangerous. Whether you sit at a desk and type
all day or work on a construction site, there is a chance that you can
be injured or develop an occupational illness caused by your environment.
That said, some occupations are more dangerous than others and have a
much higher rate of injury compared to others. Regardless of how dangerous
your job might be, however, injured workers are usually eligible for workers’
compensation benefits if they are injured while performing their job duties.
Here are some of the most dangerous jobs in the country:
Firefighters: When we think of firefighters, we tend to think of heroic men and women
rushing into buildings that are covered in flames, trying to recover anyone
who might have been left behind or trapped. However, firefighters face
more dangers than burning buildings. This occupation puts them at risk
for respiratory illnesses, heart disease, extreme stress, cancer, and
smoke inhalation. Additionally, though most of us only think of fires
when we think of firefighters, these workers also handle other disasters,
including hurricanes and traffic accidents.
Loggers: Every year, loggers harvest thousands of acres of forest for the materials
that allow numerous industries to thrive. This crucial job is also dangerous.
Loggers operate heavy machinery, work on hazardous terrain in less than
ideal weather, and dodge trees that are over a hundred feet high. Therefore,
it should be no wonder that it is one of the country’s most dangerous
Workers in the fishing industry: A life on the sea might sound adventurous, but fishing workers actually
have a fatality rate that is about 29 times greater than the national
average, most of which stem from overexertion and falling overboard. Much
like loggers, workers in the fishing industry have to perform their duties
during rain or shine and, with medical care often being hundreds of miles
away, some medical emergencies become fatalities or result in permanent damage.
Metal workers: Metal workers tend to work in some pretty risky areas, such as atop high
bridges or buildings. A simple slip and fall accident can easily become
deadly or at least result in a permanent disability. To perform their
duties, metal workers also use dangerous power tools and machinery, sometimes
while working in inclement weather. With so many unsafe elements, it is
no wonder why this occupation is considered one of the most dangerous
Agriculture workers: Agriculture workers, such as farmworkers, often encounter a variety of
hazards. Some of these include overheating, muscle injuries, exposure
to harmful pesticides and chemicals, fall injuries, and transportation
accidents. Among these risks, however, heat-related injuries and health
problems remain one of the most common issues faced by workers in this
Roof workers: If you think you have trouble maintaining balance even when you have your
feet firmly planted on the ground, think about how hard it is for workers
who have to perform their duties all day atop a roof. Not only are they
high up in the air, but they are also required to carry heavy equipment
and tools around. All it takes is one misstep for a terrible accident to occur.
Recycle workers: It might not sound like a daunting job, trash and recycle workers actually
face a fair amount of dangers. Some of the most common injuries they suffer
include muscle strains, broken bones, and other injuries caused by falling
of a recycling or trash truck. Additionally, it is not uncommon for these
workers to get sick from exposure to toxic chemicals or to suffer severe
lacerations caused by sharp objects.
Speak with a Compassionate Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today!
If you were injured while at work, you might be able to obtain
workers’ compensation benefits that can help you cope while you recover from your injuries.
However, it is crucial to file your claim as soon as possible. The workers’
compensation team at Herbert Chestnut & Associates will be able to
help you throughout every step of the process to ensure it goes smoothly
and you can rest easy.
Call us today at
(770) 285-5542 to request a complimentary and confidential case review.