Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States

If you work in logging, mining, or construction, it probably comes as no surprise to you that these industries rank among the most dangerous jobs in the United States. You have a higher risk of being injured or killed on the job than people who work in other fields.

A few years back, we wrote about an article featured in The Chronicle that discussed how construction and farming were included in the U.S. Bureau of Labor's top 10 most dangerous jobs in 2014.

The 10 jobs that had the highest fatality rates in 2014 were:

  • Logging workers
  • Fishers and related fishing workers
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
  • Roofers
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors
  • Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
  • Structural iron and steel workers
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
  • Electrical power-line installers and repairers
  • First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Today, we’re taking a look at more recent fatality rates to see how they compare.

The Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States as of 2018

AdvisorSmith recently posted a study they conducted regarding the most dangerous jobs in the United States. They used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, analyzing fatality rates for professions with at least 50,000 workers employed in America. 263 professions were studied, and the findings were disheartening, to say the least. The number of work-related fatalities increased by 9% from 2014 through 2018.

According to the study, the 3 most dangerous jobs in the United States in 2018 were:

  • Loggers, who had a fatality rate of 111 per 100,000 workers. This was 33 times higher than the national average. The most common cause of logger fatalities was “contact with objects and equipment.”
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers, who had a fatality rate of 53 per 100,000 workers. Transportation incidents were the most common cause of these fatalities.
  • Derrick operators (oil, gas, and mining), who had a fatality rate of 46 per 100,000 workers. Most of these fatalities were caused by transportation incidents or due to contact with objects and equipment.

The following professions complete the list of the 10 most dangerous jobs:

  • Roofers
  • Garbage collectors
  • Ironworkers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Farmers
  • Firefighting supervisors
  • Power linemen

Transportation Incidents & Their Link to the Most Dangerous Jobs in America

What’s interesting to note is that, of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States, transportation incidents were listed as the most common cause of death among 6 of these professions. Transportation incidents may include any type of accident involving a motorized vehicle or other form of transportation, from a tractor-trailer collision to an incident involving a forklift or crane. Even a boating accident may be considered a type of transportation incident.

The other leading causes of worker fatalities in the 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States?

  • Falls, slips, and trips
  • Contact with objects and equipment
  • Exposure to harmful environments or substances

If you lost a loved one in a workplace accident or have been seriously injured yourself, your future is uncertain. Your employer should treat you fairly and you should receive the medical treatment and financial assistance you deserve, but this doesn’t happen automatically. The process of filing a work injury claim and recovering fair benefits can be complicated and overwhelming.

One of the most important things you can do is to contact the workers' compensation attorneys of Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC to schedule a free consultation. We can help you pursue the benefits that you are entitled to receive under Pennsylvania's workers' comp laws. If you have a claim against a third party (someone other than your employer or a co-worker), our personal injury attorneys can help you file a civil lawsuit to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.

Injured Working as a Logger or in Another Hazardous Job? Call an Attorney!

In Pennsylvania and nationwide, workplace injuries and illnesses are covered by workers' compensation. In exchange for maintaining insurance that covers workplace injuries, employers are protected from civil lawsuits when workers are injured on the job. Workers are also spared the task of proving fault in order to recover benefits. They receive workers’ comp without having to prove negligence or wrongdoing, as long as their injuries occurred during the course of their employment.

Injured workers cannot sue their employers for work-related injuries and occupational diseases, except in certain circumstances. If your employer does something to intentionally cause you harm, you may have a valid claim under Pennsylvania's personal injury laws. Another example of an exception is a third-party claim against someone other than your employer who causes the injury. For example, a construction worker who is injured by a speeding, drunk, or distracted driver may have a personal injury claim against that driver. A factory worker injured by a defective piece of equipment may have a case against the manufacturer of that product.

As a Worker in a Dangerous Job, Why Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Depending on the cause of your injury, you may be entitled to receive additional compensation through a personal injury claim. Workers' compensation only provides partial reimbursement of lost wages. It also does not compensate you for your physical pain and emotional suffering. Therefore, a personal injury claim may be the best option for you to receive full compensation for your workplace injury.

Working in one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States doesn't mean that you "should have expected this" or that you don't have a right to claim what you need. You still have the right to seek the best medical treatment and full financial support for your lost earnings, loss of future wages, pain and suffering, and more. You deserve the chance to rebuild your life.

Fighting for Injured Workers in Pennsylvania

Derrick operators, pilots, engineers, construction workers, and people in any of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. deserve to be treated fairly. If you work in an inherently risky profession, you know the risks, but you also take the proper precautions to do your job right. You trust your employer to follow safety protocols and implement the appropriate training standards and regulations to protect you and your fellow workers. When this doesn’t happen, the attorneys at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC are standing by to set things right.

Contact our office for a free consultation. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve as you struggle to recover from a devastating workplace injury.

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