Sitting in an office preparing for meetings and dealing with telephone interruptions may be aggravating, but office workers sometimes don’t realize how lucky they have it.
Every year the United States thousands of workers die from on-the-job injuries. The unfortunate part is that the majority of fatal accident could have been prevented if everyone simply followed the safety rules.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps official count of the number of fatal work injuries every year and breaks down the numbers by occupation. While the average rate of fatal work accidents in the United States is roughly 3 per 100,000 workers, some professions are much more dangerous than others.
The following is a list of the most dangerous jobs in Houston.
8. Construction workers
7. Power line Workers
6. Truck Drivers
5. Garbage Collectors
And the most deadly jobs just outside of Houston:
Logging is the most dangerous job in Texas and has the most fatal accidents and also the most serious injuries according to the BLS.
Not surprisingly, accidents involving driving are the primary cause of fatal work injuries in the United States. The good news is that the trend over the last 20 years has been to reduce the number of fatal work injuries per 1000 workers.
There’s little doubt that workers today are safer than they were 10 and 20 years ago. Safety regulations such as OSHA and the FMCSR for truckers have played a big part in the reduction of fatal work injuries in the United States.
Also on the list as a dangerous jobs are farming, ranching and agricultural managers. A majority of the most dangerous jobs also are on a list of some of the lower paying professions in Texas.
While the trend is toward a safer workplace, the facts are that 13 American workers die from on-the-job injuries every single day. For women, homicide was the number one cause of workplace death in America.
Interestingly enough, states with the least amount of regulations also tend to be the most dangerous for workers. One alarming statistic is that in 2013 there were less than 7 federal safety inspectors for every 1 million workers covered by OSHA regulations.
People may decry regulations but there it is crystal clear the regulations save lives.
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