Summary: In the state of Florida, there are certain occupations that carry a higher risk of fatal accident than others might. Here are seven of the most dangerous jobs in the Sunshine State.
Construction work makes up a large percentage of fatal injuries while on the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most fatal injuries in this field are caused by falls from ladders or roofs, being struck by heavy objects, electrical incidents and being caught in machinery. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction work accounted for the highest percentage of work fatalities in 2016.
Operating a large truck can be dangerous, especially if driver fatigue, alcohol usage or even just bad weather makes an appearance. Take into account speeding or the errors of trucking companies and other drivers, and it’s no wonder that truck driving accounts for many work-related fatalities.
Large farm equipment is the primary cause for deaths involved in the agriculture industry. Large tractors can overturn, and workers can be caught in dangerous equipment if precautions are not taken at all times. Agriculture accidents make up a very high percentage of Florida work accidents.
Many workers in the waste management or recycling fields can face dangerous chemical exposure as well as heavy machinery and potential road hazards depending on the job. Together, these account for many fatal injuries.
It’s no surprise that electricians interact with dangerous levels of electricity on a daily basis. Although safety measures are put into place, accidents can certainly still happen. In addition, some electrical workers work high off the ground or in other dangerous places.
Factories are full of large machinery, dangerous chemicals and other hazards for workers. In the event that safety regulations are not abided by, fatal injuries can easily occur in these settings. Additionally, factory workers often must work longer shifts, therefore making fatigue a factor to contend with as well.
Some may be surprised to see groundskeeping on this list, but it is one of the highest ranked jobs for fatal accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most injuries for groundskeepers come from exposure to harmful chemicals, traffic accidents, falls or equipment malfunctions.
Although these jobs can pose a higher risk of injury or fatality, the number of fatal injuries on Florida job sites remains at a relatively low level.
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