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What Are The Most Dangerous Jobs In America?

January 27, 2017 Workers' Compensation

Every day in New York and throughout the United States, employees go to work and do not know if they will come home safely at the end of the day. In tragic cases where employees are hurt or killed on-the-job, a New York workers’ compensation law firm can help the injured worker or his surviving dependents recover appropriate benefits for medical costs, disability or death.

Certain employees are at far greater risk than others of suffering a serious or fatal injury. This enhanced risk exists because of the industry that these employees work in. Just recently, Business Insider provided insight into 10 of the most dangerous jobs in America.

Employees who hold positions in these high-risk fields should be provided with the maximum possible protections by employers to try to prevent harm from occurring. Regardless of what employers do or do not do, however, an employee who is hurt or killed should be entitled to workers’ comp coverage.

The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs 

According to the Business Insider list, 10 of the most dangerous jobs in the United States include:

  • Construction laborer: Construction workers are at risk due to falls, falling objects, malfunctioning tools and equipment, trench collapse and many other hazards on worksites.
  • Corrections officer: Corrections officers face a substantial risk of violence perpetrated by current and former inmates.
  • EMT: Emergency medical professionals must go into a variety of high-risk situations to help patients. They also do difficult physical work, including moving patients around.
  • Farmer: Farmers face the risk of repetitive stress and overexertion injuries, heatstroke and the possibility of equipment or tools malfunctioning in dangerous ways.
  • Firefighter: Obviously, burn injuries and smoke inhalation are the big risks for firefighters.
  • Nursing assistant: Nursing assistants can face violence from patients. Moving patients around can also cause overexertion and repetitive stress injuries. There is also a risk of job-related illnesses as nursing assistants could be exposed to bacteria, germs, and viruses as they provide care.
  • Law enforcement officer: Law enforcement officers also have to respond to a lot of high risk situations where they could be shot or otherwise injured. When pursuing suspects, there is also a risk for law enforcement officers to get into car accidents as well as being a victim of an act of violence.
  • Taxi driver: In addition to auto accident risks, taxi drivers also have to face the possible threat of passenger violence.
  • Trucker: Truck drivers face the risk of motor vehicle accidents, as well as a chance of a robbery while they are driving the truck.
  • Veterinarian: Veterinarians could be kicked, bitten or scratched by the animals they are trying to help.

If you or a loved one has one of these dangerous jobs and injury or death occurs, RMFW can provide help in applying for and receiving appropriate benefits. Our attorneys can also help New York workers across all industries to make workers’ comp claims for job-related injuries, even if the employee is hurt in a field that is not commonly known for being high-risk. Whatever your work situation, call an attorney for help if you get hurt due to your job tasks.