Regardless of your profession, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind. Even if your job isn't physically demanding, this is no guarantee that you'll never suffer an injury or become ill at work.
While every job has its risks, these five are among the most dangerous:
- Logging workers: There are many risks of working as a logger, ranging from a fall from height to the use of dangerous equipment. Also, due to the nature of the job, loggers don't always have access to medical care when they need it.
- Aircraft pilot: In addition to the potential for a crash, aircraft pilots must also contend with a high stress environment on a nearly daily basis. This doesn't even take into consideration extended time spent in the cockpit, which can result in a variety of injuries.
- Roofers: Working at height is always dangerous, even when the proper safety equipment is in place. Roofers spend their entire day at height, so they must be on their toes. They must also deal with exposure to elements, such as extreme heat in the summer and cold temperatures in the fall and winter months.
- Truck drivers: Truckers face many risks on the road, and one mistake can cause an accident that results in serious injury or death. Also, since truckers spend so many consecutive hours behind the wheel, neck and back injuries are extremely common.
- Landscapers: Landscapers face a variety of risks, which include but are not limited to extreme weather, rough terrain, machinery accidents, electric shock and falls from ladders.
If you work one of these jobs, you can't afford to overlook the importance of safety. When you combine a dedication to safety with the proper training, you'll feel confident in your ability to avoid trouble at work.
If you're injured in a workplace accident, you should do the following as quickly as possible:
- Administer first aid
- Receive transportation to a local hospital (call 911)
- Notify your supervisor of the accident and your injuries
By taking these steps, you're doing your part in minimizing the impact of the accident. You're also improving the likelihood of receiving workers' compensation benefits in the future, should your medical team suggest that you take time away from your job.
If you're interested in learning more about the workers' compensation system, such as what to do in the event of a denial, browse our website for guidance.