No job is free of risk. Regardless of what your occupation may be, there is always the chance of getting injured while on the job. Luckily, most jobs do not pose high risks for injuries and fatalities. However, there are certain professions that have a much higher risk than others. The following are the most dangerous jobs in Pennsylvania:
When we think of public administration, the first thought that often comes to mind tends to be that of paperwork, scheduling, and organizing. However, what many do not know is that public administration includes police officers, firefighters, and other first-responders. These individuals deal with innately dangerous situations for a living, leaving it to no surprise that they have the highest likelihood of injury on the job, and on average, the most injuries and fatalities annually of all jobs in the state.
Agriculture is the second most dangerous profession in Pennsylvania, as it deals with both natural and man-made dangers, such as chemicals, heavy machinery, and high temperatures. The rate of injuries in agriculture is 34.7 per 1,000 workers.
Though we often hear about the dangers of construction, it is the third most dangerous profession in the state, with a total of 34 injuries per 1,000 workers. Construction workers include general contractors, roofers, and concrete laborers, with twisting, lifting, pushing, pulling, and lifting injuries being quite common. Dealing with large and heavy equipment and metal, as well as completing jobs at risky heights, makes this job inherently dangerous.
It seems self-evident as to why mining makes this list. Being underground itself is dangerous, along with the possibility for injury from machines being used or being involved in explosions, electrocution, and cave-ins that trap workers.
Manufacturing causes 24.7 injuries per 1,000 workers. It is unsurprising that manufacturing makes the list, as assembly line workers have the highest number of amputations of all professions in Pennsylvania. Shoulder, back, and neck injuries are also common among those in the manufacturing profession due to the large amount of lifting and movement that is required of them.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, it can affect many aspects of your life. When you are unable to work, it can take a large financial toll on you and your family. Our Allegheny County Workers’ Compensation lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. help clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their recovery. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 412-765-1888 today. Located in Pittsburgh, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Allegheny County, Lawrence County, Washington County, and throughout western Pennsylvania.