Logging Workers. This one probably isn’t too surprising. With 9.76 fatalities per 100,000 workers, logging is a dangerous profession.
Fishing and Related Workers. While recreational fishing can be fun and relaxing, commercial fishing is a much different story with 774 deaths per 100,000 workers. Drowning, weather-related situations, shipwrecks, and malfunctions are common causes of injuries and death.
Pilots and Flight Engineers. Commercial pilots and crews are often stressed by irregular work patterns, sleep schedules and ongoing jetlag, leaving them vulnerable to disease and death.
Roofers. Climbing around on top of buildings naturally lends itself to injuries and death. With an average of 51.5 per 100,000 workers, roofers are susceptible to falls, injuries and illness, as well as weather problems.
Trash and Recycling Workers. While it may be surprising, workers who collect trash and recyclable materials are more likely to be injured or killed. Usually, these injuries are caused by being struck by another vehicle.
Workplace injuries can be devastating to the injured worker and their families. While workers’ compensation insurance may provide some partial payment of wages or medical expenses, often times, families suffer financial hardships due to serious workplace injuries through no fault of their own. West Virginia law allows recovery for injured workers knowingly exposed to dangerous situations by their employers. Examples from the most dangerous professions above include logging truck injuries, garbage truck rollovers or wrecks, or roof falls caused by lack of proper safety equipment. While this area of the law is complex, an experienced lawyer can evaluate your workplace injury and determine whether a ‘deliberate intent’ lawsuit can be pursued in your case.
If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, contact Tammy Bowles Raines for a free consultation.