The most dangerous jobs and hazards in U.S. workplaces

While all Kentucky workplaces have certain hazards that can lead to serious or even fatal injuries, some industries are more dangerous than others just due to the nature of the work. Even though most employers attempt to make workplaces as safe as possible, there were still 5,190 workers who died in fatal accidents in 2016.

According to the most recent figures, the most hazardous industry in the U.S. is the logging industry. In 2016, there were 135.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time workers. This amounted to 91 workplace deaths in the logging industry. The fishing industry and aircraft pilot jobs ranked second and third in the list of most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The highest number of deaths was in the trucking/sales driving industry with 918 worker deaths. Even so, the trucking industry ranked seventh overall as the fatal injury rate was 24.7 per 100,000 workers.

The types of workplace accidents resulting in fatalities may be surprising to some. In 2016, 40 percent of workplace deaths resulted from transportation accidents. Workplace violence came in second. The majority of deaths as a result of workplace violence involve robberies and assaults by customers of the workplace. Falls, trips and slips fell to third when it came to workplace hazards in 2016.

When employers knowingly or unknowingly put their workers in danger, those who become injured could potentially need medical treatment or may even lose their ability to earn a future income. In these situations, injured workers might be able to get workers' compensation benefits to cover the medical costs. An employment rights attorney may help a worker file the initial claim following an injury. If the benefits are denied by the employer's insurance or the offered benefits do not cover the cost of the damages, the attorney may file an appeal or continue to negotiate.

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