For some people in Florida, the idea of a dangerous job may evoke images of law enforcement officers and firefighters. After all, danger is at the very heart of these occupations. In terms of fatal injury rates, however, the most hazardous jobs in the United States are in the logging, fishing and aviation industries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more fatal workplace accidents were suffered by loggers, fishing crews and aircraft pilots in 2016 than any other occupation. Between these three jobs, 190 deaths were recorded in 2016. Roofing is another dangerous activity listed by the BLS; regrettably, roofers are often subject to unsafe working conditions that increase the risk of workplace injury accident. In fact, 101 roofers died at work in 2016.
Workplace deaths were even higher among trash collection workers and truck drivers in 2016, but not as frequent when compared to the aforementioned occupations, which have greater fatality rates per 100,000 full-time employees. It should be noted that aviation is an industry known to pay close attention to workplace safety, and yet there is only so much that can be done to mitigate the dangers of the profession.
In regard to the logging, fishing and construction sectors, safety records tend to be less than stellar. In addition to high rates of workplace fatalities, these industries are known to be subject to high volumes of workers' compensation claims as well as OSHA investigations for violations. Employees and contractors who work in these fields should not automatically accept workers' compensation benefits when they are injured on the job. Instead, they should discuss their options with a law firm that focuses on workplace accidents.