Disasters happening in the workplace had been reduced making it safer than before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a decrease in the number of lives lost compared to what was recorded in 2008. Read on and find out about the high-risk jobs and the safety precautions observed by the people in the said fields.
The most hazardous job is that of a fisherman’s. He has to brave the seas in spite of the freezing weather condition also when he’s handling heavy machineries that may cause terrible accidents. Strict rules are stipulated to highlight safety in their line of work. Fishing periods are reduced. Halibut and crab season, for example, is lowered to three days. The downside for this rule is that the fishermen are forced to work in bad weather conditions and if that’s not enough, worn-out workers do not have a choice but to stay on the water. Lives have been claimed as a result of this. Other incidents are mishaps in operating large equipments.
Loggers work in the mountains which have steep slopes making their job more challenging yet dangerous. This job is life-threatening. There are large dead tree branches that fall off when the tree being cut is coming down. They call these “widow-makers”. The difficult task does not end with just cutting down the tree; after that comes the loading of these to large trunks which can be pretty rough.
There are two things that cause flying accidents according to Heidi Ruess, a pilot who is now focusing on teaching: physical condition and judgment with the former, you have no control over. This is what she warns her students about because she learned it through experience.
Farmers and Ranchers
Farmers and ranchers face risky situations in their workplace. Accidents happen when the person is already exhausted. They try finishing their job too fast sacrificing their safety. Deaths are caused by truck crashes, being stuck in an overturned vehicle, and incidents linked to animals. Accidents related to power lines also cause problems in the part of the worker due to his height, though this kind of incident is avoidable.
Working with machines bigger than you are is a very hazardous job. One mistake will because you lose your own life. This is true to the many industrial machinists in the United States that’s why improved safety equipment and thorough instructions and/or trainings are done before the person is qualified to operate.