If you have ever watched some of the TV shows about commercial fishermen and the hazards they face every time they go out to sea, you will not be surprised that they hold a dubious distinction: They have in the most dangerous job in America.
The rates of danger are based on fatalities per 100,000 workers, and for fisherman it is about 121 per 100,000.
You may ask, “What do dangerous jobs have to do with a structural engineer, who is also a workplace injury expert witness?” Well, while commercial fishermen accidental deaths may or may not involve a structural failure as cause, other jobs are often the result of some structural defect or mistake. Let’s look at the rest of the list.
#2 – Loggers. Cutting, moving, and transporting giant trees for the purpose of commercial logging is extremely hazardous. Often an accident may occur because of the failure of a chain, a chainsaw, or some piece of equipment. The fatality rate is 102.
#3 – Pilots, flight engineers. This includes emergency response helicopter pilots and test pilots. These accidents very often involve structural failures, and an engineering expert witness can often help get to the root cause of a casualty. The fatality rate is 57.
#4 – Sanitation Workers. These workers are in harm’s way every time they go out on the street, working with heavy equipment and hazardous materials. Other traffic is a major hazard as well, as they get hit by careless drivers. Please be careful when you pass a sanitation truck, and slow down. The fatality rate is 41.
#5 – Roofers. The first cause one might think about in a roofing worker accident is a fall, but there are many other causes for injuries and they often involve a structural failure of one type or another. The fatality rate for this dangerous job is 32.
#6 – Structural Steel and Iron Workers. This hazardous job often implicates some sort of structural failure because the workers are dealing with construction materials and plans which may be poorly designed. Scaffolding collapses, lode bearing beams are insufficient to carry certain weights, and many other failures can contribute to an accident. The best thing is to reach out to an expert as soon as possible after an accident to preserve potential evidence and begin an investigation. The fatality rate for iron and steel workers is 27.
#7 – Ranchers and Farmers. It may seem to be a glamorous or fun job, but working with cattle and farm equipment is quite dangerous. Many times when someone is hurt or killed in a farm accident the evidence will point to a structural failure involving a piece of equipment or even an error in the design or construction of a building. The fatality rate is 25.
#8 – Truck Drivers. The causes of accidents for truck drivers is usually impact with other vehicles or stationary objects, but many times that collision was preceded by the failure of some structural component. A structural engineer expert witness may help narrow down and pinpoint the actual cause of the mishap. The fatality rate is 24.
#9 – Power Line and Other Electrical Workers. Injuries and deaths for these workers is not always electrocution. It is sometimes a fall, or an impact with some other object that causes a hazardous condition. Structural engineers are often involved in these investigations. The fatality rate is 20.
#10 – Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs. If you think you drive a lot, imagine how many miles these workers log every day. Their principal causes for injury and death are collisions, but they are also susceptible to violence. The fatality rate is 19.
Workplace Injury Expert Witness
The goal after any serious accident is to find out why so we can all learn and prevent future accidents. If you believe that an accident you are involved with may involve any kind of structural failure, Justin Hall is an experienced structural engineer and has worked as an expert witness for many years. Reaching out to his office is best done with a phone call to 501-436-0091