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Four of the most dangerous jobs in Rhode Island

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities” report from 2020 shows that Rhode Island had the fewest worker fatalities in the U.S. that year. However, there are jobs that are more dangerous than others.

Construction jobs

This job involves a lot of heavy lifting and working with dangerous equipment. There is also a lot of potential for falls and other accidents. For instance, workers might be working on scaffolding high off the ground, which increases the risk of a fall. As a worker in this industry, you’re more likely to suffer from back injuries, slips and falls, cuts and lacerations and head injuries.

Factory jobs

Factory workers might be working with heavy machinery that can cause serious injuries if they’re not careful. There is also the potential for slips and falls as well as exposure to dangerous chemicals. If you work in this industry, you also could experience eye and ear injuries from exposure to chemicals, high-intensity light and loud noises.

Trucking jobs

Truck drivers spend long hours on the road – often driving in dangerous weather conditions. They also have to deal with traffic and sometimes aggressive drivers. If you’re a truck driver, you’re at a higher risk for whiplash, back injuries and neck injuries. You’re also more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation, which can lead to accidents.

Nursing jobs

Nurses are constantly on their feet and working long hours. They also have to deal with lifting patients and potentially dangerous chemicals. If you’re a nurse, you’re at a higher risk for back injuries, slips and falls and exposure to diseases.

Seeking compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, a type of insurance that provides benefits to workers who are injured while working. Workers’ comp can cover medical expenses, lost wages and more.

While workers’ compensation can help you if you’re injured on the job, it’s best to avoid getting hurt in the first place. Make sure that you’re familiar with the hazards in your workplace. Follow all safety procedures and protocols. And finally, if you do suffer an injury, make sure to report it to your employer right away so that you can get the treatment you need.