In certain trades and professions, the on-the-job risks are well-known and well-documented. Machinists, commercial fishermen, fire fighters, pilots, and drivers all come to mind immediately as dangerous jobs.
Workers in other professions may not generate the same level of public awareness of how risky their job may be. In some cases, the risk of death is low but injuries and impacts on health are still a major factor.
Fight against the lack of risk awareness
Workers in these professions may be undermined and left to fend for themselves as advocacy for rights to workers compensation might be diminished. It can be more difficult to prove that an injury or harm was obtained while working, and safety may seem like less of a priority.
Here are five professions that pose surprisingly substantial risks for workers:
- EMTs and first responders: the people who respond to a 911 call are at risk of all sorts of exposures to disease and illness. Additionally, they’re at the mercy of the general public, and have no real way of knowing how volatile a person might be whose call they’re responding to.
- Janitors: the job may seem harmless, but exposure to chemicals, possible slips and even working alone at odd hours can pose a threat to the health of these workers.
- Groundskeepers and landscapers: a few obvious but perhaps overlooked possibilities include falls, injuries from tools, animal or insect bites and heat or sun exposure.
- Registered nurses: nurses work odd hours in a high-stress environment, surrounded by sick, injured, and unpredictable people, plus chemicals and toxins that could wreak havoc with one misstep. This profession is certainly high-risk.
- Journalists: reporters, investigators, photographers, and camera crews sometimes travel to dangerous locations or place themselves in harms way to get a story covered. The risks posed by this profession cannot be overlooked.
While some scenarios causing injury and harm are not eligible for workers compensation, it’s important to take an on-the-job injury very seriously. With the help of an attorney and thorough documentation of what happened, you may be able to get compensation from your employer to cover the cost of your recovery.