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Protect yourself on the job. Particularly on these jobs

Every occupation comes with some amount of risk to people’s safety, whether they might be crushed in a machine or develop carpal tunnel. And certain accidents can happen no matter where a person works, from slipping on a wet floor to getting hit by a falling object.

That said, some occupations are more dangerous to workers than others are. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down accident injuries and fatalities by industry, which we examine below.

According to statistics from the BLS, the following industries are among those with the highest count of nonfatal injuries per 100 full-time workers in the U.S. in 2016:

  • Nursing and residential care
  • Veterinary services
  • Police and fire protection
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

In Ohio alone, the industries with some of the highest number of nonfatal recordable cases were:

  • Nursing and residential care
  • Fire and police protection
  • Forging and stamping
  • Manufacturing
  • Utilities

While the lists vary slightly, the fact is that occupations in nursing, public safety, manufacturing and construction are among those that can be especially dangerous. This can be the result of working with other people, working in certain locations or simply the nature of the job.

It is important to note that these lists reference only non-fatal occupational injuries. In terms of fatal accidents, some of the most dangerous occupations in Ohio include:

  • Transportation and moving materials
  • Construction
  • Production
  • Installation occupations
  • Maintenance

If you work in these or similar occupations, it is important to know the risks and take steps to protect yourself. Typically, that means following protocol, wearing protective gear and securing the appropriate training.

Regardless of your occupation, it is important to report any work-related accident to your employer and seem medical attention right away. You can also examine the options for seeking financial compensation to aid in your recovery, which could involve a negligence claim, a workers’ compensation claim or potentially both.