Certain jobs are more dangerous than others. Although no job is entirely without risks, it is easy to see why jobs that require manual labor tend to have higher rates of worker injuries than desk jobs and most white collar careers. According to data taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and published by CBS News, the following five occupations have the highest worker death rates in the country.
The logging industry currently has a death rate of 132.7 deaths per 100,000 workers. The risks that loggers face include dangerous weather conditions, heavy machinery malfunctions, handling heavy materials with the risk of being crushed or pinned between them, and difficult terrain. Loggers cut down trees and transport them for processing and face the risk of being crushed by falling trees.
Working on a commercial fishing vessel means long months at sea and performing long days of work, often under physically difficult conditions. A few of the risks that come with working on a commercial fishing boat include becoming tangled in the boat’s fishing equipment, falling overboard and drowning, and falling victim to adverse weather conditions like hurricanes. With a death rate of 54.8 deaths per 100,000 workers, commercial fishing is the second deadliest job in the United States.
Pilots and Flight Engineers
Airplanes can be dangerous whether you are inside or outside them. Pilots and flight crews often work long hours, putting them at risk of accidents due to exhaustion. In this field, the death rate is 40.4 deaths per 100,000. When a plane does not land correctly, the crew on the ground can suffer injuries and death alongside the passengers and crew within the aircraft.
Roofers work high off the ground, lifting and carrying heavy equipment and materials. Losing one’s footing can mean falling from a deadly height. The death rate for roofers each year is 39.7 per 100,000.
Garbage collectors have a death rate of 38.8 deaths per 100,000 workers. Risks that accompany this job include infection from handling bacteria-infested trash, injuries involving truck compactors, and collisions while driving garbage trucks.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at The Law Office of Jeffrey S. Gross Help Injured Workers Seek the Benefits They Are Entitled to Recover
When a worker dies on the job, their loved ones can recover certain death benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Jobs that have a high death rate also tend to have high injury rates, and for workers who are injured in these positions, Workers’ Compensation can provide medical and wage replacement benefits.To learn more about Workers’ Compensation during your initial consultation with an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer, fill out our online form or call 267-589-0090 or 215-512-1500 to start working with The Law Office of Jeffrey S. Gross. We are located in Philadelphia and we serve clients from the Greater Philadelphia area, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.