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Does your job put you at exceptionally high risk?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Every job has its own potential risks, no matter what that job is. But some jobs have a much higher risk rate than others. In fact, certain industries are so riddled with dangers that the possibility of suffering from injury is almost unavoidable.

You should understand the full risks of any position you take on before accepting employment. Part of this research should involve seeing just how high the risks are in your job of choice.

The dangers of heavy machinery

USA Today pulls back the curtain on the riskiest jobs in the U.S. The top two riskiest jobs include logging and industrial fishing. Logging as a profession is up to 38 times more dangerous than an average occupation. It has the highest rate of death and injury as well.

To start, logging requires work with heavy and dangerous machinery throughout every step of the process. This already introduces an element of risk. Next, timber serves as an extremely heavy and cumbersome form of cargo. It is difficult to move and transport, and one wrong action could result in a crush incident.

The risks of being far from medical aid

Speaking of, it is also dangerous to take trees down in the first place. It is impossible to fully predict how one might fall, and how it could impact the surrounding environment. Due to most harvesting destinations being far from civilization, it increases the time it takes to get medical aid, too.

Fishing holds similar risks. Industrial fishers work with heavy machinery and equipment. They are on the sea, sometimes thousands of miles from the nearest care facilities. The ocean is also a brutal and unpredictable environment, and many deaths are weather and water-related.

Some industry risks have solutions, while others simply exist as part of the job. It is important to understand which is which before entering a field.