Injuries can occur in any line of work. However, some jobs and industries carry more risk. Compiled from the BLS released data in the CFOI, here are the top five major industries that are dangerous to work in.
5. Government work
Government work encompasses more than just politicians. It covers a wide range of occupations, including state and county workers. As it encompasses many different aspects and jobs, the scope of injuries will vary extremely in nature and severity. Some positions within government work may rack up a high amount of fatal work injuries, whereas others may experience frequent slip-and-fall type injuries.
4. Professional and Business services
Similar to government work, professional and business services encompass a wide range of job duties under both public and private sector companies. This is not to be mistaken with retail trade, as that is in its own category. Injuries while working in an office fall into this category. With 477 fatal work injuries in 2015, it rounds out the number four spot with a 3.0 average injury rate per 100,000 people.
3. Agriculture, Foresting, Fishing, and Hunting
Unsurprisingly, Agriculture, Foresting, Fishing, and Hunting (“AFFH”) comes in at third place. In this industry, there are many hazards. Injuries may result from forest fires to injuries while fishing or hunting. Whether it be a forest fire or a combine malfunction, there are inherent risks ever present in these lines of work. Although it only had approximately 570 fatal work injuries in 2015, this group has a 22.8 injury rate per 100,000 people.
2. Transportation and warehousing
The second most dangerous industry is the warehouse and transportation industry. This encompasses railroad companies, airway transportation and waterways. This industry is significantly more dangerous than AFFH with a higher fatality count. With 765 fatal injuries reported in 2015 and 13.8 injury rate per 100,000 people, it’s not one for the faint of heart.
Unsurprisingly, construction jobs building anything from private homes to large-scale commercial projects are the most dangerous. No matter how many safety policies are put in to place, working in construction may place you in dangerous situations daily. The construction industry had a staggering 937 fatal work injuries in 2015, with a 10.1 injury rate per 100,000 people.
Whether it’s a small injury in the office or a traumatic brain injury during construction, the attorneys at Lapeze & Johns are always standing by to get you and your loved ones the help and care you deserve.