Nobody wants to get hurt when they are simply trying to make a living and get work done. When a workplace injury occurs, this may be the situation you are dealing with. Hearing of such stories is not surprising when the job in question is known to be high-risk. It is more surprising when you hear of injuries involving jobs you may consider to generally be safe.
There are many occupations, that are far riskier than they appear. Every job has its risks, and you should get medical treatment for any kind of worksite injury. The following are three examples of occupations that may actually expose workers to considerable risk of injury despite seeming safe.
According to Berg Compliance Solutions, OSHA named the landscaping industry the top sector for fatalities in 2014. This may be surprising at first glance; landscapers are primarily known for trimming trees and planting plants. Further consideration, though, reveals the reality behind these statistics: Landscapers also often work at extreme heights and use dangerous heavy machinery.
Custodian is yet another occupation that entails far more danger than may be initially apparent. If you imagine mopping floors and handling trash, you may wonder where exactly the risk of this job comes in. Custodians do face considerable risk, though, as a result of several standard job responsibilities. This occupation often requires the use of toxic cleaning chemicals that can be risky to inhale and handle.
Nurses face many occupational hazards every single day. The primary job responsibilities — treating, diagnosing and helping patients — might not be dangerous, but the work environment nurses often deal with comes with its fair share of hazards. One of the most common nurse injuries is sprained muscles from lifting patients. There is also a high rate of slip and fall accidents in health care facilities. Finally, many nurses contract the very illnesses they are treating.