While every industry carries its own hazards, it is no surprise that those employed in the construction industry face greater on-the-job risks to their physical safety than employees who work seated at a desk all day.
The state of California is home to a variety of landscapes, businesses and trades, with a vast spread of occupations available to its residents. Certain industries, however, pose a far greater danger to employees than others.
California’s most dangerous industries
A large number of employee injuries and fatalities occur in just a small number of occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers are far more likely to face workplace accidents in the following California industries:
- Maintenance and cleaning
- Agriculture and farming
- Security and protective service
Each industry consists of various jobs, including trucking, roofing, electrical, forestry or trailer operators, that face a higher number of workplace accidents and injuries when compared to other occupations.
The nature of these industries introduces risks not found in other occupations. From slips and falls to exposure to hazardous materials, injuries sustained due to job-related operations in these fields have the potential to be serious or debilitating. These injuries can range from moderately harmful to disabling or deadly.
Those injured while on the job in these occupations may require costly medical care or face an interruption in employment. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, California employees in these industries can seek compensation for medical care, lost wages or disability benefits while in recovery.