Is your job among the most dangerous in New York?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Workplace Accidents

Throughout New York, many people are at risk simply by going to work each day. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics recorded 223 workplace-related fatalities in 2020. Employees can expect their employers to obey all labor laws and to fulfill their obligations, including ensuring safety on the job. When needed to carry out your duties, you must receive proper training and safety equipment.

There are several types of work that are inherently more dangerous than others. Most employers must purchase workers’ comp insurance. In any industry, if you suffer an injury during the normal course of duty, you can file a workers’ compensation claim and collect benefits if you are eligible.

Here are the top 5 hazardous industries in New York

If you work in one of these industries, you’re in a high-risk category for workplace accidents and on-the-job injuries:

  • Construction
  • Installation, maintenance, building, grounds and repair
  • Transportation
  • Waste services
  • Retail

You might be surprised that the retail industry is one of the top five most hazardous types of work in the state. Working in this industry often involves lifting heavy boxes, using sharp cutters to open boxes and climbing ladders to set things on or remove items from high shelves. Workers often suffer sprains and muscle tears, deep cuts and other injuries in the retail industry.

Construction includes various types of work

As for the construction industry, which is often listed at number one for the most dangerous jobs in New York, you’re part of this industry if you’re a builder, a roofer, tile setter or carpenter, as well as other types of work. This industry typically includes jobs that require the use of heavy machinery, heavy objects, power tools and other equipment that can be highly dangerous if not used properly or when there is a defect.

Recovering from workplace injuries

A workplace accident might occur if you’re in a motor vehicle collision, fall from a high level or get hit by a heavy object. Other issues, such as toxic chemicals, electrical fires and more can also place you at great risk for on-the-job injuries. If an injury is moderate to severe, you might need time off work to recover, which can spark financial strain, especially if yours is the only income that supports your household.

Workers’ compensation benefits help cover medical expenses, replace lost wages and provide financial supplements to help make ends meet while you recover from a workplace accident. If your claim receives a denial, or other complications arise during the process, it is a good idea to reach out for legal support.