When President-elect Donald Trump takes office this month, many of those who voted for him - and those who did not - will be anxious to see if he is able to create the jobs he promised to revive along with the U.S. economy. Among other things, Trump vowed to pump as much as $1 trillion into infrastructure improvement efforts nationwide.
That would put paychecks in a lot of grateful households. A construction boom also would result in increased work-related injuries and workers' compensation costs for states around the country. A recent report from CareerCast.com ranks construction laborer as the most dangerous job in America in 2016 as measured by a cross-section of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and various trade organizations.
"Construction laborers take on a variety of duties in the high-risk environment of a construction zone, and as a result, have the highest injury and fatality rate on the job, according to the BLS," the report states.
Rounding Out the Top 5
Also listed in the top five most dangerous jobs are:
- Correctional officer - The BLS reports that correctional officers sustained "the most injuries and illnesses in state government" in its most recent findings.
- Emergency medical technician - The CDC's most recent findings report more than 20,000 workplace injuries sustained by EMTs in a year.
- Farmer - The CDC reports 167 agricultural workers lose time on the job due to injuries or illness sustained in the workplace every day.
- Firefighter - Smoke inhalation, burns, falling debris and heights are just some of the hazards that face firefighters every day on the job.
The next five most dangerous jobs, according to the report, are nursing assistant, police officer, taxi driver, tractor-trailer truck driver and veterinarian.
Considerably safer occupations
The BLS also released statistics on some of the safest workplace environments. Most are predictably desk-related occupations, led by accountant and also including actuary, computer systems analyst, dietician and mathematician.
Of course, work-related injuries occur in every occupation. When they do, a worker should report the injury immediately to a supervisor and seek medical care. If you are injured and your claim for workers' compensation benefits is denied, enlisting the services of an experienced workers' compensation lawyer is essential.