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10 Most Dangerous Jobs

It may go without saying that working as a Hollywood stuntman is a considerably more dangerous job than working as an accountant. However, many everyday jobs pose considerable health and safety risks, which can result in serious disability and even death.

Some of the most dangerous jobs may surprise you, while others you may have expected. Here are the 10 most dangerous jobs, based on the most recent fatality figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Fisherman

Fishing boats docked in a harbor.Opie and Andy Taylor apparently didn’t get the message. But, then again, they enjoyed the sitting-on-the-shore variety of fishing, rather than the large-scale commercial variety that involves barges, large nets, and other industrial equipment.

Violent weather seems to be the primary culprit for workplace injuries and fatalities for corporate fishermen. Manufacturing equipment and accidents were also high on the list of causes for injuries.

Logger

It’s easy to see why cutting down trees that are hundreds of feet tall, transporting thousands of pounds of wood, and using high-powered saws and other machinery would lead to some injuries. Workers are also vulnerable to risks from working in high altitudes and inclement weather.

Pilot

Flying in a plane may be more safe than driving in a car for the average person who spends more time in a car and less in a plane – but not for pilots, who increase their odds of being involved in an accident by increasing their time in the air. Human error, malfunctioning machinery, and inclement weather were the primary reasons for injury and death.

Farmer

Growing corn doesn’t seem to be a particularly dangerous job – until you consider all the heavy machinery that is required to grow it, including tractors, harvesters, tillers, and more.

Besides injuries from heavy machinery, farmers also face injury from livestock run amok, becoming trapped inside silos, and breathing in fumes from chemicals sprayed on the crops.

Roofer

Balancing on top of tall buildings in the blazing sun all day makes you pretty vulnerable to injuries like falls and heat stroke. Add in a strong wind, thunderstorms, and equipment like nail guns and saws and you increase your opportunities for injury exponentially.

Miner

Miners make it into the news all the time because they have been trapped by an explosion or collapse inside a mine shaft. They are either crushed under falling debris, or they are exposed to noxious gases and other fumes.

Safety regulations and training have reduced the number of workplace injuries, but mining is still an inherently dangerous job.

Sanitation Worker

Sure, picking up other people’s trash is definitely a dirty job, but a dangerous job? Turns out the biggest threat to these workers is other drivers on the road. Many suffered injuries or even death when other drivers tried to pass them hurriedly on the road, either hitting them or the truck they were in.

Sometimes, hazardous waste and sharp materials can also lead to injuries.

Truck Driver

Spending a lot of time on the road greatly increases your chances of being in an accident and being injured. Truck drivers are especially vulnerable because they are driving large trucks that are heavy and are hard to maneuver on the road. They have limited sight distance and are unable to move or stop as quickly.

Drivers who are given unsafe vehicles or who are pushed to drive for long hours without rest are at additional risk.

Stuntman

Stuntmen make their living protecting other people. They are trained to do the dangerous tricks that would put the average person at significant risk for injury or death. But, sometimes, even with all that training, things go wrong.

Stuntmen are at risk of falls, broken bones and fractures, or serious injuries from vehicle crashes and fires.

Police Officer

Police officers are routinely placed in dangerous situations. They have to chase suspects on foot or in their cars, and they are subject to being physically assaulted, stabbed, or even shot. Though they have the training and the equipment designed to keep them safe, they can’t protect against all these risks.

Even if you don’t work in one of these dangerous jobs, you may still suffer injuries on the job. If you have been injured at work, one of our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers may be able to help you! Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

North Carolina Passes Law Closing Loophole for Workers’ Compensation Insurance

welder works on piece of metal while orange sparks flyIn April, an investigation by the News & Observer revealed that tens of thousands of North Carolina employers do not have workers’ compensation insurance. However, the Industrial Commission, which is charged with making sure employers have the insurance, often finds out that a company is not in compliance only after an employee has been hurt.

The commission contracts with the North Carolina Rate Bureau to collect information about when an employer purchases, renews, or cancels an insurance policy. The commission has acknowledged that it uses the database to find out which insurer is responsible for paying a claim, but it does not monitor for cancellations.

In June, legislators approved a bill that would require the commission to get all the information about these policies from the bureau so that it can more readily detect which employers do not carry the required insurance and enforce compliance. On July 2, Governor Bev Perdue signed the bill into law.

Prior to her signing the bill into law, many were calling on Governor Perdue to veto the bill because a last-minute amendment was added stating that information provided by the Rate Bureau to the commission will no longer be public record.

Call for Transparency

A group of media representatives and open records advocates pushed for a veto of the new law. The group includes the North Carolina Press Association, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, and News & Observer publisher Orage Quarles III.

Open records laws allowed the News & Observer to obtain the information for its investigation, which put a spotlight on the problem of employers not carrying required workers’ compensation insurance. If this information were to be kept private, not only would it prevent public scrutiny, but it would also prevent workers from finding out if their employers had the required insurance.

Representatives who supported the amendment said that it will protect private information, such as social security numbers. However, personal information such as this has long been redacted from public records.

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you have been hurt on the job or have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, possibly because your employer did not carry the required insurance, the North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By Austin Baird The News and Observer

Social Security Ruling May Pave the Way for Other Mentally Disabled Claimants

smiling child outside with double braids and Downs SyndromeThe Social Security Administration has agreed to a settlement that some say is the first of its kind and that requires the agency to provide staff training and assistance to two mentally disabled men who lost benefits.

The two San Francisco men – whose ailments include schizophrenia, autism, severe anxiety and functional illiteracy – said they lost their benefits because they were unable to understand the rules.

One man saw a reduction in benefits because he did not deduct qualified expenses from his income, then lost his benefits altogether after signing an inaccurate income statement. The other man was disqualified from receiving benefits after an inaccurate review of his past income.

The settlement requires the Social Security Administration to assign a staff expert to meet with the men to go over forms and requirements for applying for benefits and to help them provide the information needed to protect their rights. The agency also agreed to pay $900,000 for the men’s legal fees.

Signaling Change for Other Mentally Disabled Claimants?

Steven Bruce, the legal director of the People with Disabilities Foundation, which represented the two men, said that this appears to be the first court case in the nation that has required a federal agency to accommodate the needs of a mentally ill or disabled person.

Though the Social Security Administration started making accommodations for some disabled recipients after a judge ordered it to do so – sending notices to blind recipients in Braille or on audio discs and making similar arrangements for the deaf and hard-of-hearing – it has not provided such accommodations for those with mental or learning disabilities.

Bruce said the settlement could help to raise awareness of the issue and “ideally pave the way for millions of other mentally and developmentally disabled Americans to actually receive the equal, meaningful access” that is their right.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you have been denied social security disability, the North Carolina social security disability lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help! Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free, confidential evaluation of your case.