A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor showed that nearly 11 Americans die each day at their workplace. It is also estimated that another 50,000 workers die and 400,000 are sickened each year because of illnesses caught in the workplace.
While some accidents that occur in the workplace are unavoidable, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with a reasonably safe working environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency that is responsible for ensuring that working conditions are safe for all American workers. The agency sets and enforces safety standards and provides training and education on how to maintain a safe workplace.
America's Most Dangerous Jobs
Past data from the Department of Labor Statistics shows the most dangerous jobs in America. You may be surprised to learn that professions that are commonly thought of to be dangerous, such as police and firefighters, are not among the top 10 in terms of yearly fatalities. In fact, transportation-related jobs accounted for over 40% of the fatalities in 2012. Below are the top ten most dangerous jobs in America.
10. Construction laborers – 9.5 deaths per 100,000 workers
9. Farmers, ranchers, agricultural managers – 21.3 deaths per 100,000 workers
8. Drivers (including traveling sales people) – 22.1 deaths per 100,000 workers
7. Electrical power line installers and repairmen – 23.0 deaths per 100,000 workers
6. Trash and recyclable material collectors – 27.1 deaths per 100,000 workers
5. Structural iron and steel workers – 37.0 deaths per 100,000 workers
4. Roofers – 40.5 deaths per 100,000 workers
3. Pilots and flight engineers – 53.4 deaths per 100,000 workers
2. Fisherman – 117.0 deaths per 100,000 workers
1. Loggers – 128.0 deaths per 100,000 workers
Injured On The Job?
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, speak with an experience workplace injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights. If your injury was the result of an unsafe work environment, you could be entitled to compensation. Our law firm has helped thousands of individuals recover damages from workplace injuries. We have helped our clients secure more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements. Contact Arnold & Itkin today for a free case evaluation.