USA Today recently released an article that examined the top 25 most dangerous jobs in America. They based their conclusions on the number of workplace accidents and fatalities in each industry reported in 2016. According to the results, the top three industries that have the highest rate of fatal on-site work accidents are logging, fishing, and aircraft pilots or flight engineers.
Based on the information gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there were 135.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 employees in the logging industry, 86.0 injuries per 100,000 employees in the fishing industry, and 55.5 fatal injuries per 100,000 people among aircraft pilots and flight engineers.
The good, the bad and the dangerous
Typically, the jobs that are the most dangerous and that have the highest rate of accidents are those that use large, heavy machinery, particularly sharp tools, or require a lot of travel time. Logically, this makes sense. The more time spent around dangerous objects or heavy machinery, the more likely you are to become injured.
Furthermore, the more time spent traveling, the more likely you are to be involved in an accident. Airline pilots spend most of their lives traveling, not just in the air, but also on the road to and from airports. In addition to the risk of travel-related injuries while walking, driving or flying, they can become increasingly tired, putting themselves and others at risk.
We deserve protection at work
Regardless of the occupation, we all deserve to feel that we are protected at work. Workplace accidents are almost always preventable if the right safety precautions have been put in place and are followed by everyone on the work site. This is true for any industry, but particularly for those who work with dangerous equipment or in hazardous conditions. It is vital that all who work on a job site like those listed above, as well as any other hazardous locations, be vigilant about their work space.
The Pennsylvania workplace accident lawyers at O'Malley and Langan know that when employers do not take the health and safety of their employees seriously, when they become lax regarding the rules and regulations put in place by OSHA and other agencies, they put their employees at risk.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a workplace accident, contact us today. The attorneys at O'Malley & Langan Law Offices have the knowledge and expertise to help you get you back on your feet.