For most New Mexico employees, the end of a work day signals the time for much-needed personal care, errands and leisure. Not all workers, however, get to enjoy the satisfaction of this freedom, instead grappling with the many steps of a workplace injury. No matter what type of accident is at hand, a large majority of employers must follow state laws surrounding worker benefits and compensation. However, do the industries themselves open the door for safety hazards?
According to a 2016 article from EHS Today, fall injuries cost the U.S. $70 billion each year -- and have also become the most common cause of workplace fatalities. While these statistics are crippling, EHS points out that efforts from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration have made work environments safer for employees across the nation. OSHA has prevented countless deaths, as well as tragic disabilities, by strengthening safety regulations at work and at home.
When it comes to the industries themselves, many American workers likely wonder if their field is a hot spot for accidents. USA Today lists logging work, aircraft, fishing, steel work and roofing as the most hazardous jobs in the nation. Fatal injuries for roofers amounted to 48.6 per 100,000 workers in 2016 alone. Many of these industries have heavy lifting, machinery and extreme environments in common -- all factors that can play a part in an accident. USA also considers the following industries to be the most dangerous in the country:
- Truck driving
- Grounds maintenance
In addition, workers in areas such as construction may need to work at great heights, making conditions all the more dangerous. While each industry can have its own fair share of dangers, there are some that pose more daily threats than others. With any injury, understanding the basics of workplace safety is another ideal step of the process.