North Carolina Accident News

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America: Workplace Fatalities Rates

Posted on June 2024    

At the DeMayo Law Office, we are dedicated to helping workers who have been injured at work and ensuring their family receives the appropriate level of compensation from work related injuries.

As part of this, it is crucial for us to understand the risks in various industries to ensure we can  advocate for safer workplaces. Recently, we analyzed figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the number and rate of fatal work injuries by the private industry sector. The data provides a stark reminder of the dangers many workers face daily.

We took a look at fatal work injury data which compares the total number of fatal injuries in each industry to the number of hours worked by 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Here are the most dangerous industries for employees in the US, based on fatal work injuries.

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US

  1. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 417

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 18.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Transportation and Warehousing

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 1,053

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 14.1 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Construction

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 1,069

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 9.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Wholesale Trade

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 171

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 5.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Professional and Business Services

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 598

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 3.1 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Other Services (excluding Public Administration)

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 200

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 2.9 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Leisure and Hospitality

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 306

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 2.8 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Manufacturing

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 404

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 2.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Retail Trade

   – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 301

   – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 2.1 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

  1. Educational and Health Services

    – Number of Fatal Work Injuries: 178

    – Fatal Work Injury Rate: 0.8 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

 What to Do If You’ve Been Injured at Work

In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in any of the above industries, or another type, taking the right steps can significantly impact the outcome of your workers’ compensation claim or third-party liability claim. Here’s what you need to do:

 Step 1: Inform Your Employer Right Away

Notify your employer as soon as you can about the injury through an email or letter, explaining what happened. You should keep a copy for your own record. If you have already reported the injury verbally, make a note of the date, time, and the person you spoke to, including their response. Following this, you should follow up with a written confirmation of the oral report. To avoid denied claims, it is crucial to notify your employer as soon as possible.

 Step 2: File Necessary Paperwork

Workers’ compensation claims are managed by the N.C. Industrial Commission in North Carolina, making it essential to file a claim with the Commission promptly. If you miss the deadline, you could lose your rights to compensation. The claims process can be confusing, and there are strict time limits. For assistance, contact our office at (866) 205-5181.

 Step 3: Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Whether or not your injuries appear severe or minor, you must seek medical attention immediately. If you haven’t visited an emergency room, you should arrange a doctor’s visit yourself since some injuries may not present symptoms right away. The medical professional can accurately diagnose and treat your injuries, and documented medical visits are crucial for your claim.

At DeMayo Law, we understand the complexities and challenges involved in workers’ compensation claims. The data we analyzed from the Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights the risks workers across the US face and underscores the importance of timely and appropriate actions following a workplace injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, do not hesitate to seek professional legal assistance to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us at (866) 205-5181 for a consultation.

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