Most employees in California and throughout the country go to their jobs each day with the expectation of a safe working environment. Great strides have been made in the nation since 1970, when the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed. Before the law was enacted, workplace accidents claimed the lives of 14,000 workers in a year. In the most recent reports, this number has decreased to just over 5,000 deaths annually. While the improvement are substantial, there are several jobs that continue to be dangerous.
The safety laws require that certain standards, processes and procedures be established at companies. While certain professions, such as teaching and editing, have almost no fatalities associated with the job, others face hazards every day. The hazards may come from heavy equipment, substances used in the job or the work environment itself. A financial news website recently compiled a list of the most dangerous jobs in the nation.
Logging topped the list, with 135.9 deaths per 100,000 employees. Being struck by an object was the most common accident that occurred while a logging workers was on the job. Another outdoor job, workers in the commercial fishing industry, followed on the list. In both cases, the physical demands of the environment likely contributed to the hazardous working conditions.
Other professions included on the list were pilots, roofers, waste management collectors, iron and steel workers and truck drivers. Outdoor jobs continue to make the list as farmers, ranchers, groundskeepers and construction workers were included. Police officers, coaches, painters and mechanics also made the list of dangerous jobs.
Regardless of the industry or safety measures in place, workplace accidents can still occur. Should someone be injured on the job, it would be helpful to contact a California workers' compensation attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can help clients receive the benefits to which they are entitled and determine if pursuing additional litigation is warranted.
Source: USA Today, "The 25 most dangerous jobs in America," Samuel Stebbins, Evan Comen and Charles Stockdale, Jan. 9, 2018