Dangerous California Occupations Causing the Highest Number of Employee Injuries and Fatalities
Most employee injuries and fatalities occur in a relatively small number of industries ranging from logging, transportation, construction, building painters, commercial airline pilots, grounds maintenance crews and tree trimmers, welders, taxi drivers, heavy truck operators, police officers, farm-workers, and power line and telecommunications line installers. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, more than 350 California workers die from work-related injuries yearly with another approximately nearly half million on-the-job injuries.
As An Injured Employee You Have Legal Rights to Medical Care, Disability Wages, and Other Monetary Benefits
With all the hazards of these industries and many other dangerous and injurious occupations, when you’ve been hurt in the workplace you have legal rights to receive employer paid medical care, disability wages, and other monetary benefits.
California’s Most Dangerous Jobs
Logging Workers In California, the incidents of logging related accidents and injuries is 40 percent higher than anywhere else in the country. The death rate among loggers is 165.7 in 100,000 workers. A logger is subjected to long hours, extremely strenuous work, and hazardous work conditions in remote locations with limited access to medical services.
Commercial Airline Pilots With a death rate of 46 among 100,00 workers, this occupation is high on the dangerous occupation list. For non-fatal injuries, the responsibility of safety for hundreds of passengers creates stress-related medical issues and health risks such as deep vein thrombosis, dehydration and high rates of skin cancer.
Large Truck Drivers A highly dangerous occupation with a death rate of 42 per 100,000 workers primarily from collisions, truck drivers are also subject to various illnesses and injuries including incidents of overexertion and “bodily reaction,” falls, slips and trips and injurious contact with equipment.
Construction Workers Over 23 construction laborers die per 100,000 workers with 75 percent receiving serious injuries including from rooftop falls, strikes by heavy equipment, electrocutions, exposure to silica dust, asbestos and unguarded equipment.
Construction Forepersons With a high rate of fatalities, 14 in 100,000 workers, construction forepersons die and are injured by falling objects, slips and falls, falls from heights, electrocutions, equipment crushing injuries, and more.
Taxi Drivers Fatalities from crashes, being hit by motorists or homicide account for 16 in 100,000 workers’ deaths. With high incidents of injuries from vehicle collisions and injuries associated with sitting for long periods, it is one of California’s highly dangerous and unhealthy occupations.
Welders With exposure to toxic chemicals and welding fumes such as Benzene leading to fatal lung, larynx, urinary tract, and kidney cancer, this occupation causes a death rate of 16 welders in 100,000 workers. Injuries may include metal “fume fever,” stomach ulcers, kidney and nervous system damage that can significantly impact health. Exposure to welding gases – helium, argon, and carbon dioxide – that displace air oxygen can cause suffocation and serious asphyxiation.
Grounds Maintenance Workers and Tree Trimmers Grounds maintenance workers and tree trimmers have a fatality rate that is more than three times higher than the average U.S. worker, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with 14 fatalities among 100,000 workers. Non-fatal injuries are commonly caused by tree branches, being caught in wood chippers, contact with cutting tools, ladders, lifting devices, machinery, and heat stress.
Building Painters The death rate among structural painters is 13 in 100,000 workers and include non-fatal injuries such as dermatitis, lung and other organ damage from exposure to lead based paint, asbestos, varnishes and other paint products. Dangerous solvents can damage workers’ lungs, eyes and nose. Incorrect lifting can cause back injuries and use of ladders and work from heights cause falls.
Farmworkers Heat exhaustion, exposure to pesticides, being struck by equipment, vehicles and objects, use of shears, slitters and slicers, skids and pallets, and contact with branches and vines are the most common causes of farm-worker injuries and fatalities, the latter reported to be 12 among 100,00 workers. Agriculture ranks third among California industries reporting nonfatal injuries and illnesses.
Police Officers Sadly, the total number of police officer fatalities are 1,642 with the highest number of deaths being caused by gunfire and automobile collisions. In total, the death rate of police officers is 11 per 100,000 workers. Injuries are common from assaults by suspects and non-violent injuries from repetitive movements and habits, extended sitting, chasing suspects, and scaling walls leading to back, joint, and muscle injuries.
Power Line and Telecommunications Line Installers Besides the 10 in 100,000 workers killed by electrocution, electrical burns, contact with “hot” wires, falls, strangulation and mechanical trauma, non-fatal injuries are also caused by these incidents. Because this line of work often requires repetitive motions, less serious but potentially debilitating injuries include damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments that impair movement and cause pain.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Inc. Fights for Injured Workers Rights
If you were injured in one of these dangerous occupations, you have an absolute right to pursue necessary medical care, tax-free disability wages, and monetary compensation for certain other qualifying losses. But the workers’ compensation system is complicated and deadline specific. Most injured employees find maneuvering through a claim too confusing and restrictive to handle on their own.
For those hurt on-the-job who need and want help with their injury claim, attorney Brian W. Freeman will work vigorously and passionately for your rights. Along with attorney Freeman, his Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, Inc. legal team will support your through what can be a stressful and arduous process.
With Over A Decade of Winning Monetary Compensation for Injured Californians, Workers’ Compensation Attorney Brian W. Freeman, Will Work to Gain the Benefits You Need
For over a decade, attorney Brian W. Freeman has worked diligently to win medical care and major monetary settlements for California’s injured people. The legal team at Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, Inc. are dedicated to passionately fighting for the rights of injured workers throughout Riverside, Corona, and the Inland Empire. As your attorney, Brian W. Freeman will compassionately guide you through the workers’ compensation process, filing a claim, pursuing medical care, disability wages, vocational rehabilitation, or if warranted, gaining your job back.
As the founder of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Inc., attorney Freeman has fought diligently to secure employees’ temporary disability (2/3 of their usual wages, tax-free), medical treatment, and permanent disability benefits. A passionate protector of the rights of California workers, he is dedicated to “fighting for the average Joe.®”
At Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, Inc., we not only have the resources and staff to give your unique case the attention it requires, but we are also genuinely concerned about our clients’ overall well-being. As an injured employee in Riverside, Corona, and the Inland Empire, you need an advocate who cares about your medical and economic health and will diligently battle on your behalf.
Attorney Brian Freeman Respectfully and Vigilantly Fights for Employee Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Riverside, Corona, and the Inland Empire
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