Many occupations offer the promise of high wages and exciting challenges. While they can pay well and enrich your life, they may pose a higher-than-average risk of injury, disability or even death.
If you’re in a potentially hazardous occupation, understanding the possible risks can improve your on-the-job safety. Knowing what to do if a workplace injury does occur can help you get proper medical care and minimize potential financial challenges.
Examples of risky jobs and industries
One industry that continues to rank high among dangerous occupations is construction. Workers risk injury through falling from heights, equipment mishaps and getting struck by falling objects, to name just a few hazards.
Other high-risk occupations include:
Timber workers: Injury and fatality risks include getting struck by equipment or falling trees, electrocution and heavy vehicle accidents.
Waste collectors: Many workers suffer injury or death through vehicle mishaps, exposure to dangerous or toxic substances and falling.
Roofing workers: Roofers face many of the same risks as construction workers and may be especially vulnerable to injuries in a structural collapse.
These and other potentially hazardous jobs are often plentiful in Arkansas, so don’t forget to have prospective employers identify specific injury risks before accepting a position.
Two options for workplace injury compensation
You need not fend for yourself if a job accident results in long-term injuries or disability. A successful workers’ compensation claim will cover injury-related medical care and replace some of the wages you lost due to your injuries.
If the incident leaves you disabled and unable to earn a living, you may be eligible for a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim. If approved, you will receive regular payments and other benefits.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee you will succeed with either claim since even a minor error can result in denial. However, legal guidance can help to ensure you make no mistakes that might interfere with your compensation.