A nationwide study conducted by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics reported that nearly 4,400 workers were killed on the job across the country in 2012. Based on its analysis of data, the most dangerous job in 2012 was that of loggers, better known as a “lumberjacks.” Other dangerous occupations include commercial fishing, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, roofers, structural iron and steel workers, garbage collectors, electrical power-line installers and repair technicians, driver/sales workers and truck drivers, and farming, ranch, and agricultural managers. Many of these occupations involve a great amount of risk due to the fact workers tend to work in unsafe worksites, on high scaffolds, during adverse weather conditions, and use heavy machinery to name a few factors contributing to the hazards associated with of these occupations.
New York, however, faces unique challenges. New York recorded 152 workplace fatalities, which is the largest number of fatalities among the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The top three leading causes of workplace injuries in New York area transportation incidents, violence and other injuries by person or animals, and falls, slips, and trips. In the urban areas of New York state, particularly in the New York City area, there are some professions that are at higher risk than other occupations mentioned on the national list of dangerous occupations. These include construction workers, steel workers, drivers, and electrical technicians. New York is known for its architecturally significant high rise buildings and extensive bus and subway system. There are high risks associated with maintaining and operating New York City’s vast network of subways and buses that move millions of commuters each week. Workers in the city’s transit system run the risk of being electrocuted via contact with the “third rail” that provides the power needed to run the trains and being struck by the trains themselves. Bus accidents are also very common. Additionally, the large-scale construction projects across the state are sites for many workplace fatalities due to unsafe working conditions.
Surprisingly, people whose work involves interacting with the public are more likely to be killed or harmed by another person while working. Those who work odd hours, who work alone or who handle cash are especially likely to be attacked and killed on the job, even more so if their work takes them to neighborhoods where crime is high. Cab drivers are by far at highest risk of experiencing workplace injuries due to violent attacks. Everyone is entitled to feel protected and safe at work. Unfortunately, there are a number of occupations where people find themselves in jeopardy because of the nature of their work. If you are injured or become ill at work, you have the right to compensation. Contact an experienced attorney to inform you of your legal rights.