Time Magazine has recently come up with a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, so residents of North Carolina may be interested. Despite training, the use of high-tech equipment and other efforts to keep their workplace safe, companies still see an alarming number of injuries and fatalities.
Logging workers top the list, with a fatal work injury rate of 135.9 (per 100,000 full-time or equivalent workers). The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in its 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that there were 91 logging worker deaths that year. Fishers and fishing workers were second, followed by aircraft pilots and flight engineers. Roofers came up fourth.
Trash and recycling collectors may appear to be unlikely candidates for this list, but they came up fifth with a fatal work injury rate of 34.1. The rest of the list is a combination of predictable and unpredictable candidates: iron and steel workers, truck and sales drivers, farmers and ranchers, construction supervisors and grounds maintenance workers.
Transportation accidents were to blame for 40 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in 2016, making it the number one safety hazard. Workplace violence saw an increase, surpassing even the number of slip, trip and fall accidents. Workplace violence includes cases not only of workers killing co-workers but also of robbery and assault from customers.
Employees who suffer injury may be compensated for medical expenses and a percentage of their lost wages by filing a workers' compensation claim. This is regardless of who was at fault; however, filing waives employees' right to sue their employer over the same incident. In the case of a death, eligible dependents can file and receive a percentage of the decedent's wages for a minimum of 500 weeks. Death benefits also cover burial expenses. To ensure a smooth filing process, victims may benefit from retaining a lawyer.