What Are The Most Injury-Prone Jobs in America?

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What Are The Most Injury-Prone Jobs in America?

Posted By Crossen Kooi || 21-Feb-2011

A high-risk of injury and other work comp issues are factors Careercast.com examined to determine its list of the Worst Jobs in America in 2011. Most of these jobs can be found right here in Indiana. What’s the #1 worst job (in terms of safety, stress, income, etc.)? You might be surprised to learn it’s not Construction Worker. Many people do associate that job with serious accidents involving heavy machinery and vehicles, falling objects, and slip and fall accidents from roofs and scaffolding.

But Indianapolis construction workers only have the tenth worst job. That’s because accidents aren’t the only criteria used to determine the worst jobs. The report ranked professions based on 5 elements: Work Environment, Physical Demands, Outlook, Income and Stress.

So Hoosiers, here’s that list:

  1. Roustabout
  2. Ironworker
  3. Lumberjack
  4. Roofer
  5. Taxi driver
  6. Emergency Medical Technician
  7. Welder
  8. Painter
  9. Meter Reader
  10. Construction Worker

Roustabouts face high-risk of injury, long shifts, hostile environments, low pay and are away from their loved ones for weeks at a time. These factors combined to make Roustabouts the worst job of 2011.

Of course, even if your job isn’t considered one of the worst or most injury-prone, you could still be hurt at work. Indianapolis-area work accident lawyers may offer help in the unfortunate case that this happens to you. Be sure to consult with an Indiana work comp attorney before filing a workers’ compensation claim to ensure the best outcome.


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