Top 5 Industries Most Likely To Cause A Work Injury

You can suffer from an injury at work no matter what your profession. Even the safest jobs can result in injury such as an unexpected slip and fall or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Although a work injury can occur no matter where you are employed but some jobs are more likely to have a work injury than others. Here is a list of the top 5 industries to have work injuries.

1. Medical/Health Care – Those providing health care have the highest rate of injuries. This happens in part because there are so many workers within this industry. More than 16 million people provide medical and social care to others and a staggering 8.3 out of 100 of them have been injured at work. The injuries have been so high that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has noticed and intends to look into the reason for these injuries next year. Both hospitals and nursing home facilities have a high rate of injuries in employees.

2. Transportation & Warehousing – This category includes those who work in a warehouse, travel to deliver goods as well as messengers and couriers. This group was the second highest with 5.2 injuries out of 100 workers.

3. Recreation/Sports and Entertainment – Actors, professional athletes and related employees have a high incidence of injury. The total category is made up of approximately 2 million people and out of 100, 4.8 of them had a work accident last year.

4. Outdoor Professions – This is area has less than 1 million workers but they see the same injury rates as those in the entertainment segment. Those included in this category are hunters, fishers, and logging and forestry workers. It is not a surprise that these professions are among the more dangerous.

5. Product Manufacturing – Manufacturing professions saw in increase in work injuries from 2009 to 2010. It is one of the few to increase while the others went down. This category includes jobs in metal and wood manufacturing as well as tobacco and beverages.

If you work in one of these fields it is important to follow the safety guidelines at all times. Safety regulations are set in place by the industry and employer and it is important that everyone follows them at all times. The more seriously you take your own safety the more likely you are to avoid an accident.

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