Monday, August 24, 2009

Most Dangerous Jobs

It doesn’t matter whether you work in a highly hazardous occupation or whether you have a career that doesn’t pose much risk of injury – if you sustain an injury arising out of your work, and within the course and scope of your employment in Minnesota, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are the ten most hazardous occupations in 2006:

1. Fishermen and women and fishing workers. 141.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

2. Airline pilots and flight engineers. 87.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

3. Logging workers. 82.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

4. Structural steel and iron workers. 61.0 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

5. Refuse and recyclable materials handlers and collectors. 41.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

6. Farmers and ranchers. 37.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

7. Power line-installers and repairers. 34.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

8. Roofers. 33.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

9. Traveling sales people and truck drivers. 27.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

10. Miscellaneous agricultural workers. 21.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

Thankfully, for most workers, the chances of being fatally injured on the job are slim. In 2006, there were only 3.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. There were a total of 5,703 work-related deaths in the United States in 2006.

If you or a loved one suffers a fatal work-related injury, Minnesota workers’ compensation law provides a variety of death and dependency benefits.

If you are injured on the job in Minnesota, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical expense benefits, wage loss benefits, permanency benefits, and/or rehabilitation or retraining benefits.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, call Meuser & Associates at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights under Minnesota workers’ compensation law.

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