by Tim O’Hare
Nobody expects to go to work and never come home, but for 11 Americans each day, that’s what happens.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an average of 11 Americans will die on the job every day this year, and another 50,000 will die from illness they contract while at work. These numbers exclude the millions more who are injured on the job every year.
Jobs that put workers at the highest risk include construction, mining, agriculture, transportation, and warehousing, although according to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2014 report, more than 400 people with desk jobs (accountants, lawyers, architects, engineers, etc) and government jobs died at work in 2012.
The 10 most dangerous industries in America in 2013 were:
|Industry||Number of at-work deaths||Deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting||479||22.2|
|Transportation and Warehousing||687||13.1|
|Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction||154||12.3|
|Professional and business services||408||2.6|
|Other services (excluding public administration)||179||2.6|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
The people with the most dangerous jobs within these industries include:
loggers, fishermen, pilots, roofers, sanitation workers, mining machine operators, truck drivers, farmers and ranchers, power linemen, and construction workers.
The majority of work-related injuries occur in transportation accidents — most often car accidents — (41 percent), followed by violence in the workplace (18 percent), and slips, trips, and falls (15 percent).
You may not consider your job to be dangerous, but a work-related accident can happen to you.
If you have suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to monetary damages including reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, lost wages and benefits, future earnings, and diminishment of enjoyment of life due to your injury. Spouses of the injured may also be entitled to collect damages for the loss of pleasure or companionship.
In cases where a workplace injury was the result of gross negligence on the part of another individual or entity, such as an employer or manufacturer, you may be able to collect punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated in the future.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, trust your case to a professional who will handle your case with extreme care and integrity. The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare has represented clients against employers, manufacturers and other defendants who have caused workplace injuries, and we have successfully handled numerous cases. We know which medical experts and occupational experts you will need, and our personal injury attorneys will stick with your case no matter how long it takes.
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