Approximately 140,000 New York workers are injured at work every year, and around 160 are killed in workplace accidents. But not all jobs are equally dangerous. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the five most fatal jobs in New York.
Construction is by far the most deadly industry in the state, with 138 fatalities in 2013. Construction workers face daily workplace hazards such as heights, falling objects, heavy machinery, and dangerous chemicals.
Though retail jobs may not be widely considered dangerous, 17 New York retail workers were fatally injured at work in 2013. Fatal retail injuries are usually a result of hazardous chemicals, heavy machinery, vehicles, or homicide.
3. Truck Transportation
Truck driver injuries and fatalities are on the rise due in part to the increasing rate of online purchases that require fast delivery. New York truck drivers face tight deadlines for deliveries, which can lead to drivers putting themselves at risk by working longer hours and cutting corners to reach their destinations as quickly as possible.
4. Repair and Maintenance
Nine repair and maintenance workers in New York died due to workplace injuries in 2013. Repair and maintenance workers face unique challenges because they work on potentially dangerous equipment and machinery in a variety of different environments. This variety exposes them to more workplace dangers than the average employee.
5. Taxi Driving
New York taxi drivers also face unexpected challenges, and eight were killed due to a workplace injury in 2013. According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, taxi drivers are 20 times more likely to be murdered than other workers. Drivers for ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber are also at risk.
Do You Need a Nassau County Worker’s Compensation Disability Attorney?
If you’ve been injured at work, you need a Queens worker’s compensation disability attorney to help you pursue your claim. Schedule a free case evaluation online with workman’s compensation attorney Robert Golan or call us at (516) 586-3910.Share This