Logging tops list of most dangerous jobs in the country

| May 24, 2016 | Firm News, Workers' Compensation

All workers in Tennessee face some risk, but the chances of being killed on the job are much higher in certain occupations than in others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, logging is the most dangerous job in the United States. Some of the dangers that often lead to fatal logging accidents include rough terrain and falling branches.

The president of a California-based lumber company said that she was not surprised that the BLS data placed logging at number-one on the list of the most dangerous jobs in 2014. She said that outdoor jobs like logging, fishing and farming are usually based in rural areas far away from hospitals. When injured workers cannot receive medical help immediately, they are more at risk.

The logging industry had a workplace death rate at 111 fatalities per 100,000 workers in that year. In comparison, the average workplace death rate for all civilian workers was 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers. After logging, the second and third most dangerous jobs in 2014 were fishing jobs and aircraft pilot and flight engineer jobs, respectively. Roofers, garbage collectors and farmers were also high on the list of most dangerous jobs.

Poor safety practices, human error or unavoidable natural forces are all possible causes of workplace accidents. In general, however, workers’ compensation benefits might be obtainable regardless of how or why the accident took place. When a worker is killed on the job, an attorney for the decedent’s surviving family members can outline the types and amounts of benefits that may be available as well as how to apply for them.

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