Every time you report to work in Iowa or elsewhere, you are at risk for injury. There’s a chance you might be involved in a motor vehicle collision as you navigate your daily commute to or from the workplace. You’re also at risk as you carry out the normal duties of an average workday. It’s a fact, however, that some jobs are more dangerous than others.
When an employer hires you to do a certain job, he or she must provide all the information, proper training and safety equipment available and necessary to keep you as safe as possible in the workplace. Sadly, many workers have suffered serious, even fatal, injuries when employers have failed in their duty to keep employees safe.
Landscape supervisors are in the top 10
Perhaps, you’re one of many Iowa workers whose job involves managing a landscaping crew or other groundwork team. It can be stressful trying to make sure everyone is where they need to be and doing what they need to do. The old saying that the “buck stops here” is applicable to ground supervisors as well. When something goes wrong, the higher-ups are going to want answers from you.
In addition to the stresses that come with management, your job may also be dangerous. It may surprise you to learn that your job is typically listed in the top 10 for most dangerous jobs in the United States. Transportation accidents are the cause of most fatalities in this line of work.
Other workers who are at great risk
If you pilot an aircraft or are a flight engineer, there’s a significant chance that you might suffer injury on the job. You don’t have to be flying a plane to be at risk for a workplace injury, though. Data shows that all commercial vehicle operators are at risk for collision-related and other injuries in the workplace.
Which workers are most at risk for on-the-job injuries? You should be especially concerned if you work in the fishing or logging industries. Those who work on a farm or in the agriculture industry are also among those who often suffer serious job-related injuries. Heavy machinery, human error and massive vehicles create danger in the workplace.
Safety is always a priority, even in an office
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking that it doesn’t apply to you because you work in an office and sit behind a desk all day. People in your line of work often suffer repetitive stress injuries, which may seem somewhat minor in comparison to a fatal vehicle accident on a farm; however, RSI can have long-term debilitating effects.
No matter what type of work you do, safety is always a priority. Your employer should understand that he or she plays a significant role in keeping you and your fellow workers safe. The law requires many employers to purchase workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits for injured workers who file a claim. That process can be complex and stressful, which is why many workers seek legal support before navigating the system.