The Dangers of Construction and Logging Jobs

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. That is a simple fact. However, the levels of risk associated with different industries might surprise you. For example, learning that construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs is not entirely shocking. However, if a person were to list dangerous jobs, lumberjacking or tree felling is probably not at the top of mind for most people.

This goes to show that you truly never know the dangers that a person traverses every day they go to work. And while some jobs are more dangerous than others, ranking as more or less dangerous is not as important as making sure that everyone at your company is protected as much as possible.

Construction accidents are common. In one country, occupation-related injuries were prevalent in 31% of construction workers. The statistics in the United States are not that much better: 971 American construction workers died in 2017 as a result of accidents like falls, being struck by an object, and electrocutions.

Construction requires building at differing heights at the same time by different workers. The danger thus posed is that a person falls from a tall height or that an object falls from a similarly dangerous height and strikes a person, injuring them. Other ways to be struck by an object include a machine malfunction or a person improperly operating machinery that moves objects and products around in a construction site. Electrocutions are a pretty self-explanatory injury, however, it is more common than you might expect. Construction sites have lots of live wires because it is expected that trained professionals will be able to safely operate around wiring that is only temporarily exposed.

Construction work is not inherently dangerous: building or repairing structures is most dangerous when negligence or inattention to rules are present on-site. But other jobs are simply dangerous because of what is required to do the job. The best example is logging, lumberjacking, or other variation of felling trees as a job. There is no safe way to ax down a tree and have it fall one way. Sure, some people excel at making the tree fall one way versus another (perhaps, near more people).

But in any variation of the way a person makes a tree fall down, that person is in danger of the tree falling on them or in some way falling to the ground and endangering lives. There is no amount of regulation or prevention that can dramatically increase the safety of people in this industry.

However, if a person continuously shows up to work without safety gear or if your boss lets an untrained/unqualified person work on a tree felling job with you, then you are being put in danger beyond the standards of a dangerous job. If you are being purposefully ignored or if your needs for a better workplace are not being met, you have legal options. Your best bet is to find a law firm like ChasenBoscolo that has experience in handling claims of employee endangerment or, in the case of construction accidents, handling claims of negligent industry safety hazards.

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