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Workplace Accidents: The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Written by Ankin Law Office

Each year thousands of U.S. workers die in workplace accidents. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there were 4,383 fatal work injuries in 2012, down slightly from 4,693 workplace fatalities in 2011.

While workplace accidents and injuries can happen in any profession, the following are the deadliest jobs in America according to Forbes:

  1. Logging workers
  2. Fishers
  3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers
  4. Roofers
  5. Structural iron and steel workers
  6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
  7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
  8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
  9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
  10. Construction workers

According to Forbes, some of the jobs that are commonly thought of as dangerous actually result in the fewest fatalities. For instance, firefighting and tractor operation are safer jobs than being a car mechanic.

When people think of workplace accidents, they often think of injuries that occur in the work setting, such as a factory, warehouse, or construction site, but the majority of workplace injuries happen on America’s roadways, with 41 percent of all fatal workplace accidents happening in transportation accidents and 58 percent of those transportation-related fatalities involving motor vehicle accidents.

The second biggest cause of work-related fatalities is violence, with 767 workers killed as a result of violence in 2012. Slip and falls are the third leading cause of work-related fatalities, resulting in 668 deaths in 2012–about 15% of all workplace injuries.

If you were injured in a workplace accident, or a loved one died in a workplace accident, you are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and may also be entitled to personal injury damages in a third-party claim, as well. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available for all on-the-job injuries, illnesses, and fatalities and are based on the worker’s salary before the accident. Personal injury damages, on the other hand, are not limited to the worker’s salary and may include medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

Contact an Illinois Workplace Accident Lawyer

At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago workplace accident attorneys focus on helping injured workers or the families of deceased workers obtain the compensation and benefits that they deserve. We put our vast experience handling workers ‘compensation claims, personal injury lawsuits, and wrongful death lawsuits to work for you to get you maximum financial recovery possible.

If you were injured or a loved one died in a work-related accident, do not hesitate to contact us at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workplace accident lawyers.