Although a workplace accident or illness is possible at any job location, there are certain trades and professions that have a reputation for being dangerous.
Take, for example, the construction industry. Many people in the Beaumont area make their living working on homes or buildings, public roads and other projects. Even a layperson can see that these workers have to deal with a number of hazards.
They frequently work around vehicles moving at high speeds as well as heavy equipment and dangerous tools and machinery. They also may have to work from heights or from trenches that can collapse.
It is not a surprise then that the construction industry has the most workplace fatalities in terms of raw numbers.
However, the raw death toll is not the only measure of how dangerous a job is.
When one examines the rate of deaths among workers in a particular job field, it is those who work in agriculture, fishing or related trades that have the highest chance of suffering a fatal injury. Of course, many people in Southeast Texas also work in agriculture and fishing.
Moreover, since most workplace accidents thankfully do not end in death, it is also important to consider what sort of jobs lead to frequent work injuries.
When it comes to the number of injuries, health care workers have it rough
People might not think of such jobs as especially dangerous, but those who work in healthcare or education face considerable risk every time they go to work.
Many of them may have to work with people who can get violent and also have to do frequent lifting and maneuvering.
For these and other reasons, these professionals most frequently suffer injuries on the job, both in terms of raw numbers and with respect to the rate of injuries. These numbers only accounted for those injuries that led to a worker’s missing time on the job.
After a workplace accident, a victim may have a number of legal options available to them over and above the state’s workers’ compensation system.
Often, several businesses, other than the victim’s employer, may be liable to compensate the victim for their losses.