Two construction workers injured at Long Island job site

Anyone can get injured on the job, but some industries are more dangerous than others, including trucking, logging and construction.

There are numerous ways that anyone can get injured on the job, whether they work in an office or at a construction site. However, some jobs are more dangerous than others and result in a higher number of employees injured. In New York and across the country, the dangers are largely the same for people working in these high-risk industries.

According to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board, nearly all employees in New York State are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits after an injury on the job. Workers' compensation is meant to cover a worker's medical expenses, as well as time off work to recover. Workers' compensation can be extremely beneficial for those who have been injured at one of America's most dangerous jobs.

Some of the most dangerous jobs in the country

In 2012, 4,383 people lost their lives while working in various jobs across the country, states Forbes. The most dangerous of these include the logging industry, the fishing industry, aircraft piloting and flight engineering, roofing and the steel industry. Other dangerous jobs include truck driving, refuse and recyclable collecting, electrical power line installing, farming and construction work.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some of the most common accidents on the job, including those experienced by workers in the industries above, include the following:

  • Falls or slips from tripping hazards or spills on the ground
  • Falling from a ladder or other high place
  • Electrical shocks and electrocution
  • Accidents in confined spaces
  • Unguarded machinery, moving parts or improper machine use

Other dangers include injuries sustained by falling debris or machinery. This was the case in October 2014, when two workers were pinned by a partially collapsed ceiling at a construction site in Long Island. According to CBS New York, the men who were working on a project to turn a vacant Social Services building into a courthouse received non life-threatening injuries when metal-reinforced concrete fell on them from above. Numerous construction workers were also exposed to flying asbestos during the accident.

Workers' compensation insurance might not only help with the immediate injuries of the two workers, but for any later illnesses that occurred as a result of the asbestos exposure.

If you work at one of these dangerous jobs, you may face significant medical expenses as a result of an on-the-job injury. After a workplace accident, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney, who can advise you of your rights and help with the application process.

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