In Pennsylvania, and throughout the country, employers must purchase insurance to provide benefits to workers who suffer injuries on the job. Of course, every time you go to work, there is an inherent risk involved. You could trip and fall down your own front steps or a dog could bite you in a parking lot.
Any number of mishaps might cause you injury on your way to or from work, or while you are in the workplace. Some jobs are more dangerous than others, and at least five industries are known to be high-risk, where many employees have filed workers’ compensation claims.
Many workers’ comp claims filed in the logging industry
If you’re a logger, you no doubt work with heavy machinery on a regular basis. Your job might also require you to work in isolated forest areas, sometimes during poor weather conditions. These and various other factors make the logging industry one of the most dangerous types of work throughout the state.
Professional fishing and hunting are highly dangerous jobs
Are you a professional trapper or someone who works in the commercial fishing industry? If so, chances are high that you will file a workers’ compensation claim at some point. The commercial fishing and hunting industry ranks high on most lists for the top dangerous jobs in America. In fact, for every 100,000 full-time workers in this industry, there are 75 fatal injuries on the job. Most severe injuries and fatalities associated with this industry occur in connection with transportation accidents.
Iron and steel workers often suffer fall-trip-slip injuries
Pennsylvania has a long history of success in the iron and steel working industry. Working on roads, bridges and buildings is highly dangerous work, however. Workers often must climb to great heights and endure inclement weather conditions, both of which increase the risk of injury on the job. Falls, trips and slips are the most common types of injuries that occur often in the iron and steel industry.
Roofers also suffer many injuries from falls
Working at great heights is a common demand in the roofing industry, as well. Employers must provide proper training and equipment to meet safety standards. Even so, many unexpected issues can arise while working on a roof that places roofers at risk of falling, which often results in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Commercial drivers are at risk on the job
In 2021, there were more than 1,000 deaths in the commercial trucking and driving industry due to motor vehicle collisions. Many refer to the trucking industry as the backbone of the American economy. Since commercial drivers spend many more hours on the road than a typical motorist, their risk of collision is much greater, making their job one of the most dangerous types of work in the United States.
If you work in any of these or another industry and suffer injuries on the job, it is important to report the incident to your employer right away, and to file a workers’ compensation claim if you need benefits to help cover medical expenses or replace lost wages if you are unable to work during your recovery.