Workplace injuries can happen on any job, but serious injuries and deaths tend to occur regularly in a small handful of industries.
EHS Today recently ranked the top 10 most dangerous industries based on 2018 workplace fatality statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
During that year, there was a two percent increase in workplace fatalities across the United States (from 5,147 in 2017 to 5,250 in 2018). The overall fatality rate during 2017 and 2018 remained at 3.5 per 100,000 workers. These statistics show that many workplaces continue to lag behind when it comes to worker safety.
The 10 most dangerous industries
The 10 most dangerous industries ranked by EHS Today (fatality rates are per 100,000 workers) include:
- Landscaping and grounds keeping — 48 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 20.2
- Construction supervisors — 144 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 21.0
- Iron and steel workers — 15 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 23.6
- Agricultural managers — 257 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 24.7
- Truck drivers — 966 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 26.0
- Refuse and recyclable material collectors — 37 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 44.3
- Roofers — 96 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 51.5
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers — 70 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 58.9
- Fishers — 30 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 77.4
- Logging workers — 56 deaths and workplace fatality rate of 97.6
Types of accidents and injuries
Workplace accidents that often lead to serious injuries and deaths include:
- Slip and falls
- Falls from heights
- Accidents with machinery and heavy equipment
- Transportation incidents
- Caught-in/between objects and equipment
Those who survive these accidents usually suffer from:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crushed limbs or amputations
- Serious soft tissue injuries
How you can get started on a workers' compensation claim
If you sustained an injury on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Filing a workers' compensation claim can be a complex process, however. If your claim isn't properly navigated, it could be denied by the insurance companies responsible for issuing benefits.
An experienced Ohio workers' compensation attorney at Hochman & Plunkett Co., L.P.A. can help you file a claim, fill out all of the required paperwork, prepare the necessary documents for trial, and advocate for fair compensation. Your benefits would include compensation for medical bills (current and future) and wage reimbursement until you make a full recovery.
To get started, contact us online or call us at (877) 623-6863. We serve clients in Dayton, Cincinnati, Springfield, and Troy.