Workplace injuries are an unfortunate liability of any industry. However, some industries are more prone to workplace injuries than others. These include animal production, health care, couriers and messengers, wood product manufacturing, air transportation, as well as construction.
If you are injured on the job, your employer may carry worker’s compensation insurance to cover your injuries. This is a no-fault system, so you are covered regardless of whether your employer is liable for the injury. If the accident was preventable, then your employer may also be held directly liable for your injury. Regardless of the situation or of your employer’s coverage, an aggressive personal injury attorney can help get the compensation you deserve.
The Jobs and Industries Where Workers Get Injured the Most
The animal production subsector includes raising or fattening of animals for eventual sale of animals or animal products. This includes ranches, farms and feedlots that breed and grow animals for the products they produce or for eventual sale. This subsector has a high rate of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses, which may be caused by animals or equipment. About 6.6 in 100 workers sustain injuries annually in this subsector.
The healthcare sector, particularly nursing and residential home care, also has a high rate of workplace injuries and illnesses, and is in fact the leading industry for nonfatal occupational injuries. The most common injuries involve patient movement, slips, trips, and falls, and workplace violence. Nurses and nursing assistants have the highest rate of injury of any healthcare occupation. About 6.5 out of 100 healthcare workers are injured on the job annually.
Couriers and messengers.
Couriers and messengers sustain a significant number of injuries, with approximately 6.4 injuries per 100 workers annually. Common injuries for these occupations include auto accidents, collisions with pedestrians or cyclists, slips, trips, and falls and overexertion from carrying cargo.
Wood product manufacturing.
Industries in the wood product manufacturing subsector manufacture wood products such as lumber, plywood, veneers, wood containers, manufactured homes, and prefabricated wooden buildings. These processes often involve sawing, planing, shaping, and assemblage of wood products. All of this can result in major injuries to workers.
Workers may also be injured by colliding with or being struck by the heavy equipment used in wood product manufacturing. About 5.9 of 100 workers in wood product manufacturing sustain work-related injuries annually.
Air transportation injuries include in-flight injuries sustained by pilots or crew members. They also include injuries sustained by ground crews such as mechanics, and cargo and freight agents. Cumulatively, this results in about 5.8 injuries per 100 workers annually. These injuries also have a relatively high fatality rate of about 3.9 per 100,000 workers.
As all New Yorkers know, the city is constantly under construction. This creates a high demand for workers that can build faster and more efficiently. Unfortunately, this also means that the number of construction accidents is rapidly increasing, and employers are often liable, as these accidents frequently result from cutting corners on the employer’s part.
The most common construction injuries include being struck by falling heavy machinery, toxic exposure, burns and explosions, and falling from high places. In construction, your livelihood depends upon your physical health, so a workplace injury can be devastating to your career. Contact a personal injury attorney specializing in construction accidents to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your work-related construction injury.
Fight for the Compensation You Deserve for Your Workplace Injury
If you or someone you love is injured on the job, it is vital that you fight to make sure you receive the compensation you need. While workers compensation is the law and a right for most employees, that doesn’t mean you’re going to get everything you need just because you ask for it.
When you work with a knowledgeable New York injury lawyer, you get someone on your side who understands how the process works and what is necessary to cut through the complexity to help your case.