Some jobs are more dangerous than others, but every occupation comes with its own risks and rewards. In 2015, there were about 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the public sector had an estimated 752,600 cases of injury and illness. However, that doesn’t account for unreported incidences sustained by workers in both industries. We have assembled a list of the most common type of damage suffered by the majority of employees in the United States.
Head injuries can be a surprisingly easy injury to sustain. Even in a slip-and-fall injury on a wet floor, a person can sustain a mild concussion in an office or factory. More serious traumatic brain injuries can happen with jobs that expose people to falling objects or moving equipment. For example, loggers are often exposed to falling branches, which can easily cause traumatic brain injuries that lead to a deficit of memory, attention, coordination, balance, or can even cause death. Skull and facial fractures and lacerations are also painful and likely to occur with a strong hit to the head from faulty equipment or carelessness on the part of a coworker or supervisor.
Back injuries can be a huge problem in the construction industry and in any place that requires lifting heavy objects or exposes people to falling from a great height. For example, carelessness on the part of an electrician who may be attempting to fix a power line could cause him or her to fall from a great height, which could cause severe spinal damage such as herniated disks, broken vertebrae, spinal cord injuries, or death. Roofing jobs can be incredibly dangerous for the same reason.