According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,585 deaths on the job in 2013. These deaths, caused by working the job at hand, represent only a small portion of people affected by workplace injuries. Jobs in the construction field, emergency fire services and other life-threatening careers can be very risky. Some of the most dangerous jobs are in the construction industry, while police, firemen and women, and case managers also face high risks on the job.
Animal rescue workers and zoologists are among others who have risky work environments. Working with living things, whether they’re dangerous animals or poisonous creatures, is always a hazard. Animals are unpredictable, and even a small dog can cause serious harm to a human if it attacks. Many kinds of animals need to be worked with on a daily basis by these individuals, some of which are putting their lives on the line each time they step into an enclosure with a tiger or feeding a dangerous shark or Orca.
What can be done to make jobs safer?
Employers, first of all, must carry insurance to cover injuries if an employee is hurt. Employers who don’t carry this can be sued for their lack of foresight in keeping their employees safe.
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took initiative to keep truck drivers and road users safer by limiting the number of hours that could be worked each week to 70. Along with other restrictions, this will help prevent drivers from getting too tired behind the wheel.
Construction companies enact strong safety protocols to help workers, too. Despite that, in 2014, it was recognized that there had been a 3 percent increase in fatal occupational injuries in private construction in the previous year.
Source: Career Cast, “The Most Dangerous Jobs of 2015,” accessed Jan. 22, 2016