While new statistics show that Ohio ranks as one of the lowest states with workers’ compensation claims, the Buckeye state isn’t immune to workplace accidents. But which Ohio jobs are the most dangerous?
Being a first responder is a dangerous and physically demanding job. Emergency responders, such as firefighters, police officers, and paramedics, put their lives on the line daily to save others. In addition to the risks involved with handling emergencies, first responders are especially prone to personal injuries due to the:
- Heavy equipment they often use;
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials;
- Brute force scenarios that can lead to injury;
- Physical strain from lifting victims or debris; and more.
First responders also encounter hazards when driving an emergency vehicle in poor weather or high-traffic areas. Given these many dangers, working in emergency response services can potentially pose significant occupational injury risks for first responders.
Construction jobs are often considered to be some of the most dangerous. Workers in this field face hazardous conditions, including working with heavy machinery, heights, and uneven ground, and exposure to potentially hazardous materials like loose asbestos insulation or lead paint. These conditions put workers at high risk for various injuries, such as slipped discs, lacerations, musculoskeletal disorders, and even more severe accidents related to falls from heights. As a result, worksite safety measures are essential on construction sites to protect workers from preventable injuries and tragedies.
Farmers and Agricultural Workers
One reason farming and agricultural work are dangerous is that workers use heavy machinery that can cause serious physical dangers for those who operate them. In addition to the potential for severe machine-related injuries, the environment can be hazardous, with farmers working long hours in extreme climates with minimal rest periods.
Additionally, agricultural workers face many risks that can result in injuries from contact with animals or chemicals. Natural disasters like flooding, unexpected snow, droughts, and storms threaten farmers and agricultural workers.
We’re Devoted to Fighting for Injured Workers’ Rights
Though some of Ohio’s most dangerous jobs may not be glamorous, they are essential to keeping our state running. If you were injured on the job, no matter your occupation, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys at Zamora & Hogan Co., L.P.A. can help you get the benefits you deserve. Read reviews from past clients and let us fight for your rights — contact us online or by phone to get started. (614) 344-6822