by Texas Christian Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare
In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) to set and enforce safety standards in the workplace. Since that time, workplace fatalities have dropped more than 50 percent, but no matter how many standards and regulations are put into place, some jobs are simply more dangerous than others.
Most of us work in a relatively safe environment and mistakes made on the job rarely result in bodily injury or death. But in some professions, accidents and mistakes can cause great harm and even be fatal.
According to OSHA, 5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016. On average, that’s more than 99 deaths per week or more than 14 deaths every day. OSHA considers the “Fatal Four” work related accidents to be: falls, electrocutions, struck by an object and caught in or between something.
Which jobs are most dangerous? That depends on how you look at the numbers. One metric used by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics is to look at fatal work injuries calculated per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers — this is the fatal work injury rate. Based on this rate, here are the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America. Is your job one of them?
10. Grounds Maintenance Workers: 17.4 fatal work injury rate; 217 total fatalities.
9. Supervisors of Construction Workers: 18.0 fatal work injury rate; 134 fatalities.
8. Farmers, Ranchers and Agricultural Managers: 23.1 fatal work injury rate; 260 fatalities.
7. Truck Drivers and Other Drivers: 24.7 fatal work injury rate; 918 fatalities.
6. Structural Iron and Steel Workers: 25.1 fatal work injury rate; 16 fatalities.
5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors: 34.1 fatal work injury rate; 31 fatalities.
4. Roofers: 48.6 fatal work injury rate; 101 fatalities.
3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers: 55.5 fatal work injury rate; 75 fatalities.
2. Fishers and Related Fishing Workers: 86.0 fatal work injury rate; 24 fatalities.
1. Logging Workers: 135.9 fatal work injury rate; 91 fatalities.
If you have suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to financial damages. Monetary damages you may be able to recover include any medical expenses you incurred as a result of the workplace injury, including doctor and hospital bills, medications, therapy and other related medical expenses as well as expected future medical expenses. You may also be entitled to receive payment for pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, lost wages and benefits, future earnings and diminishment of enjoyment of life due to your injury.
In cases where a workplace injury was the result of gross negligence on the part of another individual or entity, such as an employer or manufacturer, you may be able to collect punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated in the future.
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