There are few workplaces that are completely safe, and most jobs carry some risk of injury. However, there are some jobs that are more dangerous than others. The injuries for which workers in these professions are at risk are likely to be more serious. Fatal accidents occur more often in these industries than in others.
Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA Today recently published a list of the most dangerous professions in America. The criteria included the prevalence of fatal accidents and serious injuries. Here are some of the occupations that ranked high on the list.
- Truck drivers
Driving a truck often involves loading and unloading cargo, which can result in injuries related to lifting. Not only that, but drivers of both heavy and light trucks are in danger from transportation-related hazards that can result in motor vehicle accidents.
- First responders
These include firefighters and law enforcement officers whose job is to report to emergency situations and try to resolve them. Their job conditions often expose them to high-risk situations. Transportation accidents and direct violence can cause serious injury or death to those involved in law enforcement, while firefighters are more likely to suffer injuries from collapsing structures, smoke inhalation or burns.
Workers involved in the logging industry are at high risk for injuries due to falling trees and branches. Further complicating the matter is that it may be difficult to receive timely medical attention due to the fact that the injury may occur in a remote location.
- Fishing workers
In 2017, the most recent year for which data is available, fishing was the most dangerous profession in the United States. Similarly to the logging industry, fishing accidents may occur far out at sea without ready access to medical attention. Commercial fishing is physically demanding work that may take place under harsh weather conditions.
The law requires all employers to assess workplace hazards and implement safety measures to decrease the risk of injury.