In 2016, an average of 99 employees each week were killed while on the job according to OSHA data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that nearly 3 million workers experienced non-fatal injuries and illnesses that same year.
Common Workplace Injury Industries
According to the BLS report, the number of incidences of injuries are in industries that might come as a surprise to the general public. Below are the common workplace injury industries:
1. Animal Production
This industry is defined as raising animals for their eventual sale as a product. Feedlots, ranches and farms are common places where people work in the animal production industry. According to BLS data, it ranked as the most dangerous in terms of injuries with 6.6 for every 100 workers.
2. Nursing Facilities
Residential care facilities, such as nursing homes, were the scene of injuries for about 165,000 people in 2016. This rate of 6.5 injuries per every 100 workers means the industry is ranked as the second most dangerous. When compared to private-run facilities, those run by the state and local governments had injury rates that were nearly double: 11.7 injuries per 100 full-time workers.
3. Messengers and Couriers
Couriers and messengers as an industry resulted in almost 30,000 injuries as reported by the BLS. This figure equates to a rate of about 6.4 injuries for every 100 employees.
4. Wood Product Manufacturing
Though it’s a sub-category of manufacturing, the BLS data counts the data from it separately from the industry as a whole. Businesses that engage in shaping, sawing, laminating, planing and assembling wood products that began as logs fall into this industry. In 2016, 5.9 workers out of 100 were injured.
5. Air Transportation
The field of air transportation is diverse and spans workers such as mechanics, freight agents, pilots, cargo workers and others who work with helicopter and aircraft flights. For every 100 full-time employers, about 5.8 were injured on the job in 2016.
Contact Your Personal Injury Attorney
As noted above, the industries with the highest incidents of injury encompass a wide section of the population. If you’ve been injured on the job, you need to talk to a South Carolina personal injury attorney to learn how to protect your rights. We have two Upstate offices, one in Greenville and one in Columbia.