Are You At Higher Risk Of Injury On The Job?
In 1971, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, was formed in order to better address the needs of Americans working safely. It was designed to look at the working environments of Americans around the country, and start providing some national level rules for ensuring that people worked more safely and with safer environments.
And while OSHA has done a commendable job bringing a higher level of protection and safety to Americans around the country, this is still not a guarantee. After all, accidents are unpredictable, and accidents in the workplace can occur due to any number of factors, including the carelessness of other people. In fact, some jobs are simply much more at risk of injury than others, and five jobs, in particular, carry the highest risk of in-jury. Are you involved in any of these occupations?
Garbage & Recycling Collection
Surprisingly, for people unfamiliar with the industry, garbage and recycling collection actually has one of the fifth highest rates of injury and fatalities among different professions. The reason for this is because garbage collectors literally do not know what they are getting into. Cuts from glass in trash bags, improperly disposed syringes, and even illness due to exposure to toxins, viruses and other contagions all put employees in this type of collection at risk every time they go on the job.
This job seems a little more obvious in terms of hazards. Roofers must go where no one else wants—or should—go, in order to ensure buildings are in good condition. However, the activities involved, with tools, and the heights, which may be fatal, mean that one wrong step or slip could mean fall resulting in serious injury, or even death.
Pilots & Aircraft Engineers
Any aircraft is a large, powerful, complex, and potentially dangerous machine. For pilots, of course, an error in a flight can result in considerably more than a “fender bender.” And for the engineers that work on the incredibly powerful systems that allow for flight, things can get dangerous, or even lethal with a wrong move around a jet engine.
This is another one that people in Florida are likely to agree with, thanks to the ocean environment we live in. Fishing, while an important industry, cannot really be regarded as safe. Any occupation that takes people out into wild, uncontrolled nature means being exposed to a lot of variables out of the control of the workers. Even something as simple—and ill-advised—as ignoring a weather warning for a storm can lead to injury or death if a boat is overwhelmed by hostile weather while out on the open waters.
Perhaps the most surprising inclusion on this list, logging is still on record as one of the most hazardous jobs to work. The combination of being out in the woods, using power tools, and trusting in the physics of predicting where a massive tree should fall can all contribute to any number of injuries and even deaths. It’s extremely dif-ficult to reliably predict how other trees in an area will “behave” when a targeted tree is cut, simply because other branches and parts of the canopy may be affected by the loggers’ actions and come falling down as well when no one was expecting them to.
While these five jobs are ranked as the most hazardous, many other jobs, including those in construction and other industries, carry their own hazards. And it’s up to you to seek justice if you sustain an injury while on the job due to the carelessness or recklessness of someone else.