The Most Dangerous Workplaces in the US
While everyone wants to remain safe in their workplace, the reality is that workplace injuries are common in the United States. Due to their nature and the work done by their workers, some workplaces are much more dangerous than others. Let’s look at the ones with the most injuries and fatalities.
Anyone who eats fish relies on the services of the brave men and women who scour the seas and oceans to find their next delicacy. Even though it might not sound like it, the fishing industry is one of the most dangerous in the United States, reporting over 130 fatal injuries for every 100,000 workers annually.
The reason for such high numbers is that workers on fishing boards use heavy nets, reels, traps, and machinery to do their work. This means it is physical and difficult labor that requires adequate safety measures, especially considering the waters are not always friendly.
The nature of the work also leads to fatigue, which can increase the risk of injuries.
In mid-2022, the United States construction industry had employed over 8 million people. It also reported about 40 injuries for every 1000,000 workers in 2020. This industry is dangerous for several reasons, including:
- Workers routinely working from height
- Use of heavy machinery and equipment
- The workplace being labor-intensive
- Inadequate training and personal protective equipment
While worker mistakes cause accidents and fatalities in the construction industry, negligence plays a role as well. For example, it is up to the business, managers, and supervisors to ensure all personal-protective equipment works as expected, and all employees are trained. If either causes an accident, a worker can file a personal injury lawsuit, and the compensation will depend on their injuries and how well they can prove negligence and liability.
Underground machine operators also do one of the most dangerous jobs in the USA. Mining operations typically happen in cramped shafts where there is always the risk of cave-ins and suffocation if workers do not take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. Additionally, rescuing workers in case of accidents is always tricky, increasing the number of unnecessary fatalities.
There is also the danger of explosions caused by gases like methane, transport-related injuries, and heavy equipment injuries and fatalities.
Commercial vehicles and trucks are crucial for the American economy, and this industry has created jobs for millions of Americans. Statistics show that all commercial vehicles, whether large, medium, or small, get into accidents for different reasons.
These reasons have to do with the driver, their vehicle, and the roads on which they drive. For example, a careless or speeding driver might get into a commercial vehicle accident that causes severe injuries or claims the lives of its victims.
While every industry and workplace has inherent risks, some carry a higher one than others. Those injured when doing their jobs or by negligent workers can sue for compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney. Our attorneys at the law offices of Pardy & Rodriguez have helped numerous victims over the years, and we can help you, too.
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