Dangerous Industries for Workers

By Pyle Law, September 28 2020 4:51 pm
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Dangerous Industries for Workers

By Pyle Law, September 28 2020 4:51 pm
Dangerous Industries for Workers

Many jobs can be risky and have a higher rate of accidents and injuries, though some industries are more dangerous than others. Anyone injured at work should discuss how to apply for workers’ compensation benefits with an attorney. 

While nearly any kind of job can lead to serious injuries, including desk jobs and tele-positions, there are certain industries that are far more dangerous for workers than others. It may not surprise you to learn that the three most dangerous industries out there include construction work, manufacturing, and transportation, and the dangers inherent to each closely relate to life-threatening injuries. If you’ve been injured on the job, the potential physical and financial consequences are far too great not to have an experienced Kansas workers’ compensation attorney in your corner. 

The Construction Industry

Of the nearly 5,000 worker fatalities that occurred in the private sector in 2018, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shares that more than 21 percent occurred in the construction industry. Outside of highway collisions, falls are the number one cause of construction worker deaths. In fact, OSHA has what it calls the Fatal Four when it comes to the most common deadly accidents in the construction industry, and they include (in descending order):

  • Falls (33.5 percent)
  • Accidents involving being struck by an object (11.1 percent)
  • Electrocutions (8.5 percent)
  • Accidents involving being caught in or in between two unyielding objects (such as machines, walls, equipment, structures, building supplies, and more)

The rigors and dangers associated with the construction industry are impossible to deny.

The Manufacturing Industry

The dangers inherent to manufacturing are somewhat similar to construction work. OSHA shares the following most frequently cited safety-standard violations that occur in general industry (like manufacturing):

  • Failing to meet safety standards for hazard communications (failing to alert workers to potential dangers in the workplace and failing to inform them about how best to protect themselves from said dangers)
  • Providing inadequate protection from respiratory dangers, such as toxins and/or particulates in the air
  • Maintaining inadequate control of dangerous energy sources, including the implementation of lockout and tagout practices to protect workers from unexpected energy surges
  • Providing inadequate fall protection equipment and training
  • Providing inadequate machine-guarding equipment (covers and guards that protect employees from the dangers inherent to massive industrial machines)
  • Providing inadequate eye and face protection

One of the most severe injuries that is closely associated with the manufacturing industry is amputations. 

The Transportation Industry

The dangers associated with the transportation industry are well known. Traffic accidents regularly happen, and they tend to be exceedingly dangerous. The more time professional drivers spend on the road, the more likely they are to be injured on the job.

Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Regardless of the industry you work in, if your job leaves you injured, the dedicated workers’ compensation attorney at Pyle Law in Kansas is committed to building your strongest case in support of the compensation to which you are entitled. Recovering from a serious injury that was sustained on the job is difficult, but we’re here to help ensure that you obtain the compensation you need to do just that. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 620-374-9299 today.

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