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Infographic: Professions with Highest Rate of Workers’ Compensation

Jobs with Highest Rates of Workers'

Health care


Sales workers

Law enforcement and
emergency services


Reuse and recyclable
material collectors

Structural iron
and steel workers

Fishers and related
fishing workers

Landscapers and
grounds-keeping workers

Electrical power line
installers and repairers

Logging workers

Aircraft pilots

Flight engineers

Most Common Causes & Injuries
in these Professions

  • Trip or slip and fall accidents
  • Poor lighting
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Failure to provide fall protection
  • Overexertion
  • Construction accidents
  • Assaults or other acts of violence
    by co-workers or third parties
  • Poor instructions
  • Struck-by incidents
  • Failure to maintain work area
  • Falling objects
  • Crane accidents
  • Backhoe accidents
  • Heavy lifting
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Explosions
  • Fatigue
  • Forklift accidents
  • Repetitive motions
  • Defective equipment
  • Caught-in-between incidents
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Failure to properly train employees
  • Distractions
  • Falls from heights

How to Avoid These Common Injuries

  • Encourage all employees to stay alert at all times.
  • Avoid distractions while working.
  • Always wear all required safety gear.
  • Make sure employees are trained properly on all essential functions.
  • Follow instructions, especially in emergency situations.
  • Have an accident prevention and wellness plan in place for employees.
  • Invest in necessary protection equipment.
  • Maintain adequate staffing.
  • Inspect and maintain all company vehicles.
  • Avoid taking any shortcuts with safety measures, and make an effort to monitor how safety measures are being enforced.
  • Maintain a neat and orderly workplace.
  • Always make all employees aware of any unsafe areas of practices.
  • Make sure employees are using safe lifting practices.

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