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2020 List of Ten Most Dangerous Jobs

2020 List of Ten Most Dangerous Jobs

A few weeks ago, my partner found a new article on the most dangerous jobs in the United States, and this list covers jobs for 2020.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Center for Disease Control, OSHA and other organizations coordinate to come up with the lists of job fatalities, and in 2020 it was determined that in 2020, 4,764 fatal workplace injuries were recorded in the United States—just under 3.5 fatalities for every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. 85 of these work related deaths occurred in Alabama-roughly 1.8% of all job related deaths in 2020. The authors or the report then came up the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America in 2020, which were as follows:

  1. Fishing and hunting workers
  1. Logging workers
  1. Roofers
  1. Helpers, construction trades
  1. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
  1. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
  1. Structural iron and steel workers
  1. Driver/sales workers and delivery truck drivers
  1. Underground mining machine operators
  1. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Commercial fishers, hunters, and trappers was far and away the most dangerous job in 2020, with workplace death rates of 132.1 per 100,000 workers, and loggers (91.7 per 100,000 workers) were much higher than those professions nearest to them- roofers (47 per 100,000 workers) and construction workers (43.2 per 100,000 workers).  One reason may be that during the COVID lockdown most jobs came to a stop or steep slowdown, but it is also because commercial fishing/hunting and logging work is inherently dangerous by nature.

In Alabama, if an on the job injury causes, or is a causative factor, in the death of a worker, and the death occurs within 3 years of the date of the workplace injury (although this date may be tolled by payment of disability compensation while the worker was still alive), then dependents of the deceased worker are entitled to certain death benefits.  Beneficiaries are those who were totally dependent upon the decedent, or partially dependent upon them for support.  Death benefits are payable over 500 weeks absent an agreed to lump sum settlement.

If you lost a loved one due to a job injury that led to their death, no amount of money can ever take the place of your loss, but some compensation is available to dependents under Alabama’s Workers Compensation laws.  If you have questions about your right to workers’ Death Benefits,  feel free to contact Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation.

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