Staying safe in a dangerous work environment.

Each year, millions of people become ill or injured while on the job, forcing some to miss days away from work. Staying safe in a dangerous work environment is important for both the worker and employer.

Staying safe in a dangerous work environment.

According to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2014, there were 2,953,500 injuries and/or illnesses in the private industry, 916,400 that involved days away from work.

Additionally, stats reveal 331,180 sprains, strains, and tears, 162,720 injuries to the back, 247,120 falls, slips, or trips and 4,821 fatal injuries in all sectors.

Regardless whether you work in an office or do construction on a skyscraper, injuries can occur when you least expect them – and can negatively affect us both physically and mentally.

Here are some of the most dangerous occupations, that are more likely to lead to a fatal injury, and ways to stay safer while on the job.



For centuries, the logging industry has been valuable to our daily lives.

Unfortunately, it is also considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. with 110.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 people, in 2014 (the most recent data).

Some of the risk factors associated with fatal injuries in logging include inclement weather, heavy machinery, and working at heights.

Ways to Prevent Injury:

Employees of any occupation, who work on specific heights, are required to wear fall prevention gear such as harnesses.

Additionally, hard hats should always be worn to protect the head from being struck by falling debris.

Even when work sites are supervised, injuries may still occur.

To avoid being injured in bad weather, such as the risk of being struck by lightning or sustaining a heat related illness on a hot day, employees should keep an eye on the weather and always stay adequately hydrated and pace themselves.


Fishing industry.

Historically, fishermen have played an important role in meeting our food needs and have put their lives on the line every day; today is no different with 80.8 fatal injuries per 100,000.

Some of the major risk factors for injury include bad weather, malfunctioning gear, and transportation issues.

Ways to Prevent Injury:

Think that a commercial fisherman is living the dream?

While they might love what they does, they always know that injury or death could happen at any time on the open water.

Many commercial fishermen work on tight deadlines and are expected (and encouraged) to keep going no matter what. As a result, many work in bad weather, which makes conditions even more dangerous.

Ways to stay safer as a commercial fisherman, include following some of NIOSH’s recommendations such as taking a marine safety course every 5 years, keep on eye on forecasts, and have frequent emergency drills.


Driver/ sales workers and truck drivers.

Life on the road is full of danger from bad weather, vehicle malfunctions, fatigue, stress, and the risk of accidents.

In 2014, the occupation resulted in 24.7 fatal injuries per 100,000.

Ways to Prevent Injury:

While individuals in the trucking industry go through training, it’s an occupation that is rarely supervised as a majority of drivers hit the road alone.

Some of the best ways to stay safe on the job are getting plenty of rest and staying alert while behind the wheel, and taking care of health and body (to reduce injuries).


Does your job make the list? Visit the complete list of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

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