Monday, June 24, 2013

RISKY BUSINESS: Wire walking and other dangerous jobs

Risky Business??

Watching Nik Wallenda successfully walk across a tributary to the Grand Canyon was nerve racking. The danger of falling 1500 feet was so obvious that the posting of an EMT in the bottom of the canyon was mere window dressing.

While risks of death seem less obvious in more routine professions than wire walking at the height of the Empire State Building, you may be surprised what the list actually looks like.

The following 10 positions saw the most deaths in 2008:

1. Motor vehicle operators
    Number of victims: 908
   Most common manner of death: 66 were highway-related

2. Construction trades workers
     Number of victims: 720   
     Most common manner of death: 37 were attributed to falls

3. Material moving workers
    Number of victims: 24
    Most common manner of death: 14 fall-related fatalities and 12 were struck by
4. Law enforcement workers
    Number of victims: 144
    Most common manner of death: 38 were highway-related and 33 were

5. Agricultural workers
    Number of victims: 33
    Most common manner of death: 19 highway-related fatalities

6. Grounds maintenance workers
    Number of victims: 128
    Most common manner of death: 20 deaths each from falls and being struck by
    an object

7. Sales supervisors
    Number of victims: 124
    Most common manner of death: 52 homicides

8. Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, repairers
    Number of victims: 110
    Most common manner of death: 30 were struck by objects

9. Supervisors, construction and extraction workers
    Number of victims: 108
    Most common manner of death: 24 fall-related deaths

10. Metal or plastic workers
      Number of victims: 102
      Most common manner of death: 15 from being struck by an object and 13
       from falls

Work related deaths and injuries are unusually covered by workers compensation insurance, and injuries should be reported as soon as possible.  If a work related injury is caused by another party, such as a car crash in a company truck, there can also be a personal injury case.

Mr. Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Mr. Peel may be reached through wherein other articles may be accessed.