During the 1970s, the U.S government noticed that there were a large number of workplace fatalities occurring in California and across the country. This alarming information led to the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. Although this helped to drastically reduce the number of people being killed or severely injured, the fact is that some jobs still present serious risks. The following includes a list of the nation’s most dangerous jobs.
Bus and truck mechanics
With so many trucks and buses on the road, you would think that the position of bus and truck mechanic would get more recognition as being one of the most high-risk occupations in the country. The reason why these workers are much more prone to severe injuries or fatalities is because of the size of the vehicles they work with. Unlike a car’s bumper, a truck or bus bumper is likely to lead to a more severe injury if it lands on a mechanic’s head or body.
You may see them on the side of the road on your way to work but never really think about the constant danger that construction workers are in each time they clock in. Unfortunately, construction sites are among the most dangerous areas to be in as a worker. Hazards such as exposed wires, unsupported walkways and chemicals are just a few of the things that lead to accidents occurring.
Although not considered the most dangerous in terms of accidents, this occupation still makes the list because a police officer is likely to receive injuries due to intentional harm. Half of the police officers who are killed on duty suffer their injuries while responding to a crime. In many cases, it is the suspect who intentionally injures or kills the officer.
In many cases, workplace injuries are preventable. It is the employer’s responsibility to implement strategies that will decrease the chances of an injury occurring. If your employer failed to protect you and you were injured, it is recommended to seek an attorney’s services as soon as possible.