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What Are the Most Dangerous Workplaces to Be Employed At?

Published on Jan 23, 2020 at 4:16 pm in Work Injury.

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We all hope to have a decent job that pays the bills so that we can live comfortably. But sometimes, those jobs come with unexpected dangers. Even though we need to work to be able to pay bills, some jobs are not worth the danger that they put you in.

Not only can jobs cause bad moods and injuries, but they can even go as far as killing workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 5,250 fatal work injuries in 2018. The most frequent events leading to death in the workplace were transportation incidents. Otherwise, the deaths were caused by falls, slips, violence, equipment, harmful substances, and fires.

When it comes to workplaces in particular, there are some that are more dangerous than others. Headlines are always cycling about dangerous workplaces, and the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) created a lineup called “The Dirty Dozen” which lists workplaces that put workers and communities most at risk in 2018.

Here are the twelve employers who made that list:

  • Amazon in Seattle, WA
  • JK Excavating in Mason, OH
  • Case Farms in Troutman, NC
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mooresville, NC
  • Dine Brands Global, Inc. in Glendale California
  • Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, MA
  • New York and Atlantic Railway in New York, NY
  • Tesla Motors in Fremont, CA
  • Patterson UTI Energy in Houston, TX
  • Verla International in New Windsor, NY
  • Sarbanand Farms in Sumas, WA
  • Waste Management in Houston, TX

The credentials that were evaluated for this report were the severity of injuries to workers, exposure to risk, citations from state and federal authorities, and worker activity to improve safety conditions. COSH’s list also included information on who is most at risk to die from workplace injuries. They reported that older workers, immigrant workers, and contract workers are at a higher risk for fatal occupational trauma.

Other Dangerous Occupations

Other than specific workplaces, there are certain occupations that are generally more dangerous than others. CNBC released an article that ranks the most dangerous jobs in America, which includes:

  • Logging
  • Fishing
  • Flying aircraft
  • Roofing
  • Trash and recycling collecting
  • Trucking
  • Farming
  • Iron and steelworks
  • Landscaping

Other dangerous jobs that didn’t make this list are coal mining and oil fieldwork. Mining can produce collapses, and oil rigs often have natural gas accidents since it’s flammable. There are plenty of other dangerous occupations, but all of the ones mentioned are at the top of the list.

DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC Can Help

Jobs aren’t always easy, and a good day at work can turn bad very quickly when equipment or hard labor is involved. Whether your occupation is listed above or not, and even though some of the locations might seem far away from where you live and work, you could still experience a serious injury at your workplace in West Virginia.

At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we know that these injuries can be life-altering for you and your family. Our experienced attorneys will help you seek justice so that you can focus on your recovery without worrying about lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. Get in touch with us today so we can discuss your case.

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