While many different jobs present hazards to Minnesota workers, there are certain occupations that are much more dangerous than others. In the most dangerous jobs, it is important not only for employers to take steps to minimize the risks, it is also important for workers to be especially vigilant.
According to preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on workplace fatalities, for 2014, there was a 2 percent increase over the fatality numbers in 2013. For the year, preliminary data show that 4,679 people died while working in 2014, up from 4,585 in the prior year.
Of the industries reporting fatalities, the logging industry reported the highest rate at 109.5 fatal injuries for every 100,000 workers. Those working in the fishing industry had fatality rates of 80.8 per 100,000 workers, while the pilot and aircraft engineer group came in third at 63.2 deaths per 100,000. The high fatality rates of the top three were followed closely by roofers with 46.2 deaths per 100,000, trash and recycling collectors with 27 fatalities per 100,000 and agricultural workers with 26 deaths per 100,000 employees. Iron workers, commercial drivers, electrical power line workers and construction and extraction industry first-line supervisors rounded out the top 10 most dangerous jobs for the year.
Most people do not think about the possibility of being involved in a workplace accident when they go to their jobs each day. Unfortunately, these types of accidents occur very frequently, and as statistics show, they sometimes result in fatalities. It is very important for employers to make sure they have strong safety policies and procedures in place. Employers should also provide their workers with all of the necessary safety equipment. Employees should be aware of the existing hazards at their jobs. If they are injured, they may want to obtain the assistance of an attorney in filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits.