What are the top 10 most dangerous industries?

As long as you have a job, there is the risk of sustaining an injury at work. It can happen in the office, grocery store or the warehouse. Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that some industries have a disproportionately high rate of serious injuries and deaths.

The top 10 most dangerous industries to work for were identified by EHS Today. These 10 industries were ranked by the number of workplace deaths in 2018 and the fatality rate per 100,000 workers.

Ten industries with disproportionately high fatality rates

According to the BLS, there were 5,250 overall workplace fatalities in 2018 — a two percent increase from 5,147 in 2017. Moreover, the average workplace fatality rate for both years was 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. In the top 10 most dangerous industries, the fatality rates were much higher.

The logging industry was listed as having the highest fatality rate at 97.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. Approximately 56 logging workers died on the job in 2018. The logging industry was followed by:

  • Fishing — 77.4 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers — 58.9 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Roofers — 51.5 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Trash and recycling material collectors — 44.3 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Truck drivers — 26 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Agricultural — 24.7 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Iron and steel workers — 23.6 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Construction — 21 deaths per 100,000 workers
  • Landscaping — 20.2 deaths per 100,000 workers

Common injuries sustained on dangerous jobs

For those who survive workplace accidents in dangerous occupations, the injuries can take months or years to recover from. They often include (but are not limited to):

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Injuries to the spine
  • Amputations
  • Crushed limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Electrocution
  • Burns
  • Soft tissue injuries

If you were injured on the job, you could be out of work for an extended period of time. The surgery, x-rays, pain medication and months of physical therapy can all add up. Fortunately, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to financially help you through your recovery.

Getting workers’ compensation benefits is far more complex than simply filling out some paperwork and filing a claim. It’s important that you consult with an experienced New Jersey attorney who can ensure that there are no errors with your paperwork and that you are treated fairly throughout the process.

To maximize your chances of getting compensated, contact Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen, LLC online or call us at 888-256-8527 and schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Cherry Hill and throughout New Jersey.

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