While every worker is at risk of experiencing an injury or fatal accident, workers in certain professions face an elevated risk due to the requirements of their jobs. These risks increase when employers fail to adhere to laws and regulations that are designed to mitigate the risks their employees face each time they clock in.
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The Most Dangerous Professions
Production/Transportation/Material Moving – Records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the there are 200 injury causing incidents per 10,000 workers engaged in the production or transportation of goods.
Construction – There are 191 incidents of injury or illness that lead to time away from the workplace for every 10,000 construction workers. This is nearly double the incidence rate of 107 for all occupations that are tracked by BLS.
Service Sector – There are 170 incidents of injury or illness for every 10,000 employees in the service sector. These include waitstaff, health care professionals, waste management, entertainers, etc. It also includes office workers engaged in professional services.
Sales – Sales and general office personnel record 50 incidents or injury or illness per 10,000 workers. These incidents include everything from injuries caused by office equipment to prolonged exposure to the elements.
Management/Science – Managers, scientists, and business professionals report an incidence rate of 50 injuries or illnesses per 10,000 workers.
Days Away from Work
The severity and long-term impact of injuries vary considerably from industry to industry. The following are the median number of days away from work caused by injuries suffered on the job.
On average, an injured worker can expect to be away from work for 9 days. A workers’ compensation attorney can help workers seek compensation for their injuries including lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of limb/loss of limb function, and the diminished capacity that can result from a significant injury.
Construction – Construction workers experience significant rates of head, hand, knee, and torso injuries. These lead to an average of 10 days away from work.
Service Sector – Service sector employees often experience had, shoulder, hand, and trunk injuries. These lead to an average of 8 days away from work.
Production/Transportation – Production and transportation workers experience considerable rates of head, hand, trunk, knee, and foot injuries that lead to an average of 12 days away from work.
Sales/Office – Sales and office staff often experience head, neck, hand, foot, and ankle injuries that lead to 9 days away from work.