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The nation's most dangerous jobs

As a member of the American workforce, you probably face some level of danger every day. Maybe your risks stem from a busy commute, or perhaps you are a construction worker or a member of law enforcement and face numerous hazards due to the nature of your position.

The severity of the dangers you face each time you clock in to work vary broadly based on your profession, but there are certain professions that place you at a significantly higher risk of suffering an injury or developing an illness than others. 

Man versus nature positions, such as loggers

Per Time, the logging profession is the single-most dangerous in the United States, accounting for 111 deaths for every 100,000 workers. Difficult work environments and tough terrain are partly to blame, as are falling trees, branches and related hazards. Other jobs that pit man versus nature have high rates of illness or injury, too. If you work as a commercial fisherman or as an agricultural worker, you also face a high risk of danger. The risks associated with these professions are sometimes amplified because workers in the industries often work in rural areas, where medical attention is not always immediately available.

Transportation-based positions

If you work as a commercial truck driver, a travelling sales associates or another type of professional who regularly travels long distances by car or truck, you also may have one of the nation’s most dangerous professions. In addition to the hazards that all drivers face, such as distracted driving and inclement weather, the demands of your job and the pressure to adhere to certain timelines may also enhance your degree of on-the-job risk.

Construction and engineering positions

You also may hold one of American’s most dangerous jobs if you work as a construction worker, roofer or steel worker or engineer. Working atop roofs and buildings enhances your risk of suffering a serious fall, and the heavy material and machinery you often use in these roles also enhances your risk of a work-related injury.

If you suffered an on-the-job injury, you may want to get in touch with a lawyer.

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