Risky Business: America’s Most Dangerous Jobs

From ice road trucking to deep sea commercial fishing, dangerous jobs seem to fascinate us. The number of television shows dedicated to documenting the lives of these workers is proof. Most of us are content to live vicariously through them from the comfort of our couches, watching as they are battered by the elements in the name of a paycheck.

With our sense of adventure satisfied, we head off to our much safer workplaces – but that’s not to say that there is no risk involved. Here at West Law Firm, our Workers’ Compensation attorneys have handled a wide variety of on-the-job accident cases. If you’ve been hurt at work in Berkeley County or the surrounding area, we are here to help!

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries includes a comprehensive analysis of 263 professions, and based on the most recent data, has determined the 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States.

Here’s the countdown:

10. Power linemen
Despite the threat of electrocution and exposure to hazardous substances, these essential workers serve our communities faithfully.

9. Firefighting supervisors
These men and women oversee firefighting crews, and are most commonly injured or killed in transportation incidents.

8. Farmers
Although many families seldom consider where their food comes from, it’s important to remember that farmers are on the other end of the supply chain, operating heavy-duty equipment that can often be dangerous – and even deadly.

7. Delivery drivers
Because they spend the majority of their time on the road, it comes as no surprise that delivery drivers are often injured in traffic crashes.

6. Ironworkers
Falls are the main concern for the ironworkers responsible for installing iron on bridges, buildings and roadways.

5. Garbage collectors
The hardworking crews who pick up our trash and recycle are often injured – or even killed – when they are struck by the garbage truck or another vehicle.

4. Roofers
The workers who keep a roof over their families’ heads by putting one over ours are most commonly injured by falling off roofs and ladders.

3. Derrick operators
Oil workers run a major risk when they’re on the job, most often sustaining injuries in transportation accidents or contact with equipment.

2. Pilots and flight engineers
Those operating privately-owned planes and helicopters are at a higher risk than pilots of commercial jets, with crashes topping the list of most common fatal accidents.

1. Logging workers
Logging is an incredibly dangerous – but essential – industry, with its employees’ fatal accident rate 33 times higher than the average worker’s. Contact with heavy machinery or the logs themselves is responsible for claiming the most lives.

Your Berkeley County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Whether you spend your 9-to-5 on a construction site or at a desk, accidents happen. And when they do, the Workers’ Compensation attorneys at West Law Firm, are here to help you secure the benefits you deserve. We’ve also provided some tips about staying safe at work here.

To schedule your free consultation at our conveniently-located Moncks Corner office, give us a call at 843-761-5626 today! Or click here to get in touch!

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