As the nation’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of workers needed to service and supply the people. While this means more much-needed jobs become available, it also means the possibility of more work-related accidents. Pennsylvania’s bounty of natural resources provides almost endless possibilities for employment in our state, but even with increasing focus on workplace safety, accidents will still occur. Considering the nation’s most dangerous jobs puts many Pennsylvania workers squarely in the realm of possible — if not probable — danger.
Here are a few of the Pennsylvania industries considered most dangerous:
— Logging workers die at a rate of 100 per 100,000 workers– Waste collectors die at a rate of 36.4 per 100,000 workers– Roofing workers die at a rate of 34.1 per 100,000 roofers– Structural steel and iron workers die at a rate of 30.3 per 100,000– Construction workers die at a rate of 26.8 per 100,000– Agricultural workers die at a rate of 26.1 per 100,000– Truck drivers die at a rate of 25.9 per 100,000– Mining workers die at a rate of 22.1 per 100,000
Of course, not everyone who suffers a workplace accident in these industries will die. However, with the fatality rates as they are, it is likely a sure bet that the injury rates are even higher. Until we can eliminate workplace dangers altogether, which is admittedly a tall order, we must all practice appropriate caution while at work.
When workplace accidents do occur, workers’ compensation can help workers get back on their feet and continue providing services to Pennsylvania citizens. Those who have been injured while working and are having difficulty with their workers’ comp claims can learn more about the process by reviewing the information available on our website.