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What are the most dangerous industries in Maryland?

Working is something most people have to do in Maryland. In order to supply your family with food, housing and the things they need, that could mean spending long hours at work or even taking on multiple jobs. Something you should know is the risk of injury in the industry you choose to work in. By investigating this, you can make a better choice about how you want to work.

Looking at a chart produced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you can see that per 100 full-time employees, 8.7 were injured while working in state nursing homes or residential car facilities. These injuries could come from moving heavy patients or due to repetitive motions, among other reasons. This industry had the most injuries per 100 workers.

The industries with the fewest injured workers per 100 full-time employees was linen supply, amusement and theme parks, and camper manufacturing. In these industries, only 4.7 workers were injured per 100 in 2013.

In many of the industries represented, more people were hurt in 2013 than in 2012, showing that safety levels may not be improving. In some areas, though, safety has improved dramatically. Take for instance the mobile home manufacturing industry. In 2012, 10 people per 100 were injured while performing their jobs. In 2013, that dropped to 5.6 on average.

Another interesting thing to consider is the amount of people getting hurt working in local government nursing facilities versus residential care facilities at the state level. State employees were injured more often, with 84 injuries in 2012 and 8.7 in 2013. In comparison, local employees had only 6.4 instances of injuries in 2012 and 4.9 in 2013.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Highest incidence rates1 of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases with days away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer, 2013" accessed Feb. 26, 2015

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