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Top Ten Deadliest Occupations For Workers

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Though many of us have jobs that might be considered demanding, we do not tend to think that we could be putting our lives on the line each day when we go to work. On-the-job accidents and injuries can happen in any occupation, but there are some fields that are significantly more dangerous than others. A recent news report revealed the ten most dangerous occupations in the United States, many of which are common in South Carolina. As the state’s worker fatality rate continues to climb, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks you or a loved one could be facing, as well as the benefits available to help surviving family members when the unthinkable occurs.

Ten Deadliest Jobs

According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 120 workers died on the job in South Carolina during 2015, a number that is nearly double the number of previous years. The most common cause for these fatalities are transportation accidents, followed by acts of violence, fires and explosions, slip and fall accidents, and exposure to harmful chemicals or substances.

The types of occupations these accidents occur in a mirror a November 2016 Forbes report, which lists the ten deadliest jobs in the U.S., based on BLS statistics. In descending order, they include the following:

  1. Loggers
  2. Fishery Workers
  3. Pilots and Flight Engineers
  4. Roofers
  5. Waste Management and Recycling Workers
  6. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  7. Delivery Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
  8. Farmers and Agricultural Managers
  9. Electrical Power Line Workers and Repairers
  10. Landscaping and Yard Service Workers

Benefits for Families of Workers Killed On The Job

Having a loved one killed on the job is a devastating loss. In addition to the emotional trauma victims’ families endure, they are often left with serious financial losses due to hospital costs, funeral expenses and having to struggle to make up for future losses in earnings. While no amount of money can make up for what these families suffer, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation program can provide benefits to help alleviate financial insecurity. When a worker is killed on the job or during the course of their employment, surviving family members may be entitled to the following benefits:

  • Medical and hospital costs resulting from the worker’s injuries
  • Funeral and burial costs, which may include transportation expenses for out of state family members
  • Compensation for lost earnings for the victim’s spouse, parents, or children

In addition, there are some circumstances in which you may be able to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit against an at-fault party, particularly if the negligence of a business owner or product manufacturer is responsible for a death occurring.

Get Help Today

If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one due to a work-related accident or injury, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Our South experienced South Carolina attorneys understand the pain your family is going through. We will work as a strong legal advocate to protect your rights and interests.


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