There’s some degree of risk inherent in every aspect of modern life. People can end up hurt in a car crash on their way to the grocery store or when they slip and fall down the stairs of their own home. Thankfully, those who are aware of the main sources of injury risk in their lives can more easily take steps to avoid getting hurt.
Work is one of the biggest sources of injury risk for individuals in Georgia, and many people end up severely hurt or even dying because of incidents that occur at their jobs. People in almost any line of work could get hurt while working. A warehouse worker could drop a crate on their foot, or an office worker might accidentally electrocute themselves while plugging in a piece of equipment.
Of course, certain people have a greater chance of getting hurt at work than others, as some jobs are simply riskier from a statistical standpoint than others. What do workplace incident statistics show to be the most dangerous professions in Georgia?
Some jobs cause more tragedies than others
There are different metrics that people can use when evaluating the risk involved in different professions. One of the most common standards involves looking at the number of fatalities within an industry or profession. The most dangerous profession in Georgia is transportation or material moving. According to 2021 workplace safety data, 60 of the reported worker deaths that year involved transportation professionals, and 42 of those fatalities involved motor vehicle operators.
The second deadliest profession is construction, which saw 35 worker deaths. Those in building maintenance and grounds work are in the third most dangerous profession which saw 20 worker deaths in 2021. Other professions with reported worker deaths in Georgia in 2021 included management, sales, farming/fishing/forestry, manufacturing work and maintenance/installation professions.
Workers in transportation, manufacturing and construction, therefore, have particular reason to worry about their safety on the job and inspiration to learn more about their workers’ compensation protections and other rights. Being aware of the risk inherent in one’s profession can go a long way toward helping people protect their interests and make use of their rights if they do get hurt.