Most people looking to change careers or enter a different industry give little thought to how dangerous their new job may be. It is much more common for workers to investigate other aspects like pay rates and work benefits.
When you need a job to survive, you will probably accept any work that comes your way, but it is still smart to identify your risks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the industries below have unusually high injury and fatality rates compared to other jobs.
In 2020, over 35% of occupational deaths in the construction and associated extraction industries involved slips, trips and falls. About 21,400 construction laborers suffered nonfatal injuries from falls, slips and trips the same year. Falling remains the leading cause of workplace death for construction workers.
Since truck accidents are a risk for large vehicle operators, suffering injuries in a crash is a leading occupational hazard. Truck drivers can also suffer injuries like strains, sprains and job-related pain while performing their duties.
Health care industry
Nurses, doctors and other health care workers risk many work-related injuries. Back injuries from manually manipulating patients and medical equipment occur commonly. Medical professionals are also prone to illnesses through contact with infected patients or needle sticks.
Jobs in these industries are plentiful in South Carolina. However, it’s important to learn about the risks associated with your industry of choice and whether workers’ compensation will be available in case of an injury.
Except in specific employment situations, workers’ compensation benefits are generally available to most employees in the state. If you suffer a work injury and have trouble obtaining your benefits, having legal guidance can help you get the benefits to which you’re entitled.