Where does your job rank on the scale for danger?

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Where does your job rank on the scale for danger?

No matter how you earn a living, if you are employed outside the home in California or another state, you likely deal with many issues on a regular basis, such as transportation, clothing, balancing work life and personal life and more. Another primary concern of yours might be safety, especially if you happen to work in an industry well known as inherently dangerous.

There’s no question that some jobs are more danger-prone than others are. There is also no question that your employer is obligated to provide you with proper training and any safety equipment available to help lower your risk for injury in the workplace. Perhaps you are in between jobs at this time and are trying to determine where to seek employment next. Considering safety factors may help you choose a path.

Jobs where injury risks are high

When a worker suffers an injury on the job, it is often in one of the following industries:

  • Fisheries: If you work on a fishing boat, at a fish hatchery or some other fishing-related job, you may already know that yours ranks as an extremely dangerous field of work.
  • Pilots and flight engineers: If you earn a living on a plane, then the risk for accidents resulting in injury is high. In fact, there are more than 55 deaths per every 100,000 workers for aircraft pilots and flight engineers.
  • Logging: Next to farming, ranching and other agricultural work, logging is by far, one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation.
  • Roofing and construction: Any number of mishaps can occur if you’re a roofer or work on construction sites. If your construction projects happen to be located near moving traffic, your risk for injury greatly increases.

Most employers purchase workers’ compensation insurance, so that you and any other worker who suffers injury on the job can claim benefits during recovery. This can help alleviate financial burdens associated with your injury, such as medical bills. It can also help you make ends meet at home if you lose income because you must take time off work to heal.

Workers’ compensation problems sometimes arise

What do you do if an insurance carrier denies your claim? Many insurance carriers reject initial claims; however, if you know how to protect your rights and what steps to take to appeal a denial, you may find that you can get the benefits you need to help you in recovery.

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