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Which Occupations are The Most Dangerous?

Steve Wagner

The Most Dangerous Professions

With several decades of experience under our collective law-belts, we can tell you with some certainty which professions are the highest-risk when it comes to injury and death.


Those in the field of construction work, whether roadway, residential, industrial, or other, know just how dangerous this profession can be. From constant falling objects to incessantly loud environments, contractors from other companies, heavy machinery operation to scaffolding work, OSHA even breaks construction deaths down into the “fatal four” because there are so many types of injuries that happen in this line of work.

Drivers & Pilots

Because of the risk of accidents, and the lack of control drivers and pilots have of others on the roadway or in the airways, these employees are at an extremely high risk for injury and death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as many as 40% of work fatalities involve some sort of transportation accident.

Law Enforcement & Emergency Workers

Those who work to protect the rest of us are at some of the highest risk for injury and illness themselves. Whether encountering diseases and sicknesses, fighting against violence, or putting out the flames of a structure fire, we salute those who are in the line of fire for the rest of us, and we honor those who have been lost or suffered injury as a result.

Other Dangerous Professions

A few notable mentions go to professions that require strenuous manual labor, such as logging, mining, farming, and industrial jobs. Any professions with loud environments, heavy equipment, and work with unpredictable environments lead to high amounts of injuries and deaths each year.

So Why Do We Tell You This?

Does it help for you to know you’re at more risk of an injury or illness if you are in one of these professions?

We believe so.

Anything you can do now to protect yourself and help your work environment become a safer place is a step in the right direction. Talk to your employers about higher-quality safety training. Don’t be afraid to report things you believe are dangerous.

If you take steps to talk to your employer about a hazard and they ignore you or don’t take your concerns seriously, you can call the whistleblower’s hotline, and you do not have to be afraid of retaliation from your employer. OSHA can perform an inspection, and you can rest easier at night knowing you have a safer work environment.

If you suffered a serious work-related injury, or you have lost a loved one as the result of a work-accident, contact our Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys for a FREE consultation about your rights: (888) 204-8440


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