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May 2016

What are the Most Dangerous Jobs?

Each year approximately 3 million workers are injured on the job.  Some jobs are more dangerous than others with the top 5 industries accounting for half of the workers’ compensation claims. 
If you’ve seen Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel, this profession lives up to the show’s name.  Fishing is at the top of the list for the most dangerous jobs.  Fishermen have to deal with harsh weather and salt water making the decks of their boats wet and slippery.  Waves cause heavy equipment to slide around on the deck and can toss workers overboard.  Not to mention fishermen can get themselves caught in fishing lines, nets and ropes. 
Dangerous jobs make for good TV again.  Swamp Loggers also airs on the Discovery Channel too and Ax Men airs on the History Channel.  Loggers work with heavy equipment and machinery in poor weather conditions, mud, on inclines and at high altitudes.  Logs are heavy and have to be transported by big rigs to a lumber mill, which are subject to accidents.  Loggers use sharp tools like axes and chainsaws that can cut them just as easy as they cut wood. 
Garbage Collection
Garbage men are often riding on the back of a truck, which they call fall off of.  They can also be struck by cars in a rush to get past them as the trucks move slowly to pick up trash.  Garbage men also have to lift heavy cans repeatedly. 

Most Common Injuries in Workers' Comp Claims

In 2014 close to 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private employers.  While each workplace accident is different, just a few injuries make up most of the workers’ comp claims.  In most states, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.  In the event of an accident the insurance can help cover medical expenses and wage losses. 
Overexertion is the most common workplace injury.  Overexertion is caused by pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, or throwing motions.  Overexertion injuries are common in jobs where manual labor is necessary like construction, landscaping, and factories. 
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slip and falls are usually caused by workers slipping on wet floors or walkways.  Wet surfaces are a common cause for injures to workers who walk around on tile floors and outdoors in poor weather.   
Fall to a Lower Level
Falling to a lower level includes falling off a roof, ladder, scaffolding, or down a flight of stairs.  These are common occurrences among coWorkers Comp Ladder.jpgnstruction workers, electricians, painters, and carpenters. 
Struck by an Object
Workers can be struck by an object from above whether it’s a piece of debris falling to a lower level on a construction site or a book falling of a shelf in a school. 

Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Most Common Types of Car Accidents
While car accidents occur every day, certain accidents happen more often than others and steps can be taken to prevent them.  On average, your chances of being in an accident in a given year are 1 in 9 or 11%.  Fortunately, many accidents are not serious, with only half of them resulting in injury.  However, you can reduce your risk of being in an accident by taking the right steps. 
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Rear-end accidents result when one car collides into the back of another.  Usually in a rear-end crash the driver who rear-ends the front car is at fault.  It is the responsibility of the trailing driver to keep a safe distance.   According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, rear-end auto accidents account for 29% of all accidents. 
A major cause of rear-end auto accidents is driver distractions.  Common driver distractions are texting, eating, drinking and changing the radio station. 

Most Common Car Accident Injuries

Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Each year approximately 5 million car accidents occur resulting in over 2 million injuries to occupants and pedestrians.  While each car accident is different in nature, there are many common injuries among victims. 
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Head and Neck Injuries
When a vehicle comes to an abrupt stop the body is held in place by a seatbelt, but the head and neck are not secure.  The head can collide with the steering wheel, the dashboard, the windows and even other passengers.  Common head injuries include concussions, skull fractures and brain trauma. 
Neck injuries are caused by the head continuing to move forward as the car is stopping or from a car being rear ended.  Neck injuries are commonly referred to as whiplash.  Whiplash can cause neck muscles and ligaments to be strained or torn. 
Chest and Back Injuries
Chest and back injuries are associated with the force of the seatbelt or seats on the body during a crash.  Common chest injuries include broken ribs and punctured or collapsed lungs.  Injuries to the internal organs are serious and should be treated by a medical professional immediately.  Common back injuries include sprains, strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. 
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