This article will discuss six industries with the most workers’ compensation claims so that you can be more aware of the risks involved in these occupations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, rates of on-the-job illness and injury have dropped for the past 13 years. While this is something to celebrate, many sectors continue to experience inherently alarming injury levels. The sad part is most of these injuries could have been avoided had employers not viewed workplace safety as a cost to be avoided rather than an investment.
By cutting corners, employers create an environment where accidents are more likely to happen, resulting in time away from work, higher workers’ compensation costs, and in some cases, loss of life. And while the Law Office of James. M. Hoffman can help you get the benefits you’re entitled to if you are injured at work; we would rather see you not get injured in the first place.
This article will discuss six industries with the most workers’ compensation claims so that you can be more aware of the risks involved in these occupations:
Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. They work with heavy machinery, power tools, and sometimes in high places. It’s not surprising then that construction workers have the highest rate of fatal injuries of any profession, translating to an increased number of workers’ compensation claims.
Like construction, manufacturing is a dangerous industry. Employees in factories work with heavy machinery and sometimes toxic chemicals. They also often have to lift heavy objects or stand for long periods, leading to repetitive motion injuries. And to get some benefits to help the injured worker, the worker has to file a workers’ compensation claim. No wonder they appear on this list.
Healthcare workers have to deal with a lot of stress. They work long hours, often in high-pressure situations. And because they are constantly interacting with patients, they are at risk of being exposed to diseases. This can lead to injuries and illness, which means a lot of workers’ compensation claims.
Transportation and Warehousing
From truck drivers to dockworkers, the transportation and warehousing industry is full of workers at risk for on-the-job injuries. These workers are often required to lift heavy objects, work long hours, and drive for long periods. And like other industries on this list, when an injury occurs, the worker has to file a workers’ compensation claim to get some benefits.
Retail may not seem like a dangerous industry, but it actually has a high rate of non-fatal injuries. This is because retail workers are often required to lift heavy objects, stand for long periods, and deal with the public. And with more and more people shopping online, retail workers are under even more pressure to perform. This can lead to on-the-job injuries, which means the worker has to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
Despite the idyllic images of these industries, they are quite dangerous. Farmworkers often deal with heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, and sometimes hazardous conditions. And because they often work long hours, they are at risk for on-the-job injuries. Fishing and forestry are no different, with workers facing dangers such as being hit by falling trees or drowning. And when these workers are injured, they file a workers’ compensation claim. It’s no wonder these occupations are on the top of the list for workers’ compensation claims.
These are just some of the most dangerous industries in America. And while many other industries are also dangerous, these nine have the highest rate of workers’ compensation claims.
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