It comes as no surprise that some jobs are extremely dangerous – when watching the news or reading the newspaper, it is rare to make it through a full day’s worth of news without hearing about someone who was hurt while performing their job. But what are the most dangerous jobs? According to a recent Yahoo news article, tree felling takes the top spot, with statistics of nearly eight deaths per thousand tree fellers per year. The story notes that tree felling is especially dangerous because of the risks of falls from heights as well as the possibility that a tree feller could be electrocuted by coming into contact with power lines while performing their job.
What’s Next On The List?
Aside from tree felling, the next jobs on the list of top 10 most dangerous are those that we tend to be more familiar with. Not surprisingly, commercial pilots are high on the list of dangerous jobs, followed by jobs in the construction industry such as hoist and winch (including crane) operators. It is noted that because men are more often employed in these types of jobs, along with many of the other jobs that are high on the list of dangerous jobs, more men die as a result of workplace accidents than women.
Innocent Bystanders Also At Risk
In many cases, not only the workers in these industries are at risk for deadly accidents, but bystanders as well can be injured if an accident occurs. A recent example is that of the crane accident in Manhattan that resulted in a pedestrian death along with several other injured bystanders; in that case, however, the crane operator himself did survive.
Workplace Deaths On The Decline
Amongst all of the bad news about workplace accidents, there is one positive piece of data. Statistics show that overall, working is more safe today than at any other time in the last 20 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that workplace deaths were fewer than 4,700 in 2014, which is nearly a 30 percent decrease in the two prior decades. When taking into consideration that there are far more people in the workforce today than 20 years ago, it is evidence of an even more positive trend.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Is Your Source For Workers’ Compensation Help
Workplace deaths and injuries may be on the decline, but they do still occur with far greater frequency than anyone would like to see. If you or someone you love has been involved in a workplace accident and has been injured or killed while on the job, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to learn about your rights. Our experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys will take the time to learn about all of the unique aspects of your case and help you understand what you can expect to recover. Workers’ compensation is your right as an employee and we will work hard to ensure you get everything you are entitled to receive. Contact us to schedule your initial, free consultation.