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In which jobs do the most deaths occur?

| Jan 23, 2018 | Workplace Injuries

At our law firm, we help the surviving loved ones of people who have passed away in the course of employment in death and dependent claims under Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation system. At a time of great grief and personal loss, the state Workers’ Compensation law provides for monetary support to help the survivors who had relied on the deceased worker for financial support. 

Of course, certain professions are statistically and logically more dangerous than others and workers in those trades more at risk of death on the job. USA Today published a new article by 24/7 Wall Street that summarizes their review of federal statistics about work fatalities. 

By the numbers 

The article presents their conclusions about the top 25 most dangerous jobs based on fatalities. Here are the top 10: 

  1. Logging
  2. Fishing
  3. Pilots and flight engineers
  4. Roofers
  5. Garbage and recycling collectors
  6. Structural iron and steel workers
  7. Delivery drivers
  8. Farmers and ranchers
  9. On-site construction and mining supervisors
  10. Agricultural workers

According to the findings, most of the top jobs involve heavy equipment, dangerous substances or “potentially dangerous environments.” Across industries, certain kinds of incidents are highly represented in resulting fatalities: 

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slipping and falling
  • Falling from heights
  • Hazardous contact with work equipment
  • Violence

Seek legal guidance

Any Marylander whose loved one has died in a work-related incident, no matter who was at fault or whether fault can even be determined, should speak as soon as possible to an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer about filing an application for death or dependent benefits. These payments can help with the sudden interruption of the income of the deceased family member and funeral expenses. 

If a death benefit application has been denied, an attorney can assist with seeking an appeal. 

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