Posted on September 9, 2019 in Personal Injury
No matter how much training you receive, safety equipment you use or how cautious you are on the job, a workplace accident or injury could happen. No worker expects to suffer an injury at work, yet thousands of employees do each year. Most of these accidents are preventable with prudent employers and proper safety measures. Even with a reasonable and careful employer, however, some jobs and industries in Florida are simply more dangerous than others.
Construction work exposes employees to the highest risk of fatal injury across all industries in the country, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Construction accounted for one in five employee deaths in 2017 – 971 fatalities total. The most serious risks of injuries at construction sites in Florida are motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, electrocutions, struck-by objects, and caught-in/between equipment or machinery. Florida’s construction industry is the fastest growing in the state, with hundreds of workers.
Motor vehicle accidents take thousands of lives in Florida each year. Some of these victims are on-duty truck drivers. Transportation accidents are a significant risk in many industries, but none more so than those that require workers to drive for hours a shift. Truck driving is one of Florida’s most dangerous jobs due to the risk of getting into a motor vehicle collision. Delivery drivers, traveling salespeople and mail carriers are also at high risk. Transportation occupations had 76 deaths in Florida in 2017. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States.
Grounds Maintenance Workers
Workers in charge of grounds cleaning and building maintenance also have a higher risk of fatal injury than in most other occupations in Florida. In 2017, 39 workers in this industry lost their lives in Florida. Twenty-five of these victims were grounds maintenance workers, seven were building cleaners and pest control workers, and seven were supervisors.
Hazards that may cause fatal injuries in this industry include falling trees, falling limbs, falls from ladders, highway transportation accidents, work vehicle rollovers, electrocutions from contact with power lines and drowning. About 99% of deceased grounds maintenance workers in Florida in 2017 were males. Hispanic and Latino workers made up about 36% of victims.
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs
Thirty-four workers in this industry died on the job in 2017. This included supervisors, automobile mechanics and other installation and repair workers, such as roofers and electricians. These jobs come with risks such as working from heights, using power tools, working around live electrical components and facing exposure to hazardous substances such as asbestos. Proper safety equipment and protocols at work can reduce the risk of deadly accidents in these occupations.
Working in protective services as a police officer, deputy or security guard could expose you to serious risks of injuries. In 2017, 20 workers in protective service occupations in Florida lost their lives on the job. Risks people in protective services face include acts of violence such as gunshot wounds and stabbings. Vehicular assault and automobile accidents are also potential causes of fatal worker injuries.
In 2017, 13 workers in management positions in Florida lost their lives in work-related accidents. This included three deaths among farmers, ranchers and other managers in the agricultural industry. Managers may take on additional responsibilities that could expose them to greater personal injury risks. They may also cut corners and break rules to save time or money, increasing the odds of serious accidents at work.
Jobs in sales can be deadly for workers – especially those who travel often for work. Sales and occupations related to sales reported eight workers fatalities in Florida in 2017. Three of these deceased workers were sales supervisors. Motor vehicle accidents and acts of violence could take sales workers’ lives.