Workplace hazards come in all shapes and sizes

January 27, 2017 Sanjana Saluja

Most of us don’t think of our work environment as a place where accidents are waiting to happen. However, the unfortunate truth is that Work incidents – including fatal injuries – are on the rise, even in occupations traditionally considered low risk. JLL Real Views explores how companies are responding to the importance of workplace safety.

Fatal work injuries in the United States totaled 4,821 in 2014. That’s the highest annual total since 2008. The growing economy is partially to blame because more people are at work. But while some jobs are certainly more dangerous than others, no occupation is completely safe. Many injuries occur in environments thought to be low-risk, like offices.

On-the-job risk isn’t distributed evenly. You might assume that police and firefighters would top the list of hazardous civilian jobs—but those jobs aren’t even in the top 10, in terms of fatalities. Lumberjacks top the list of most hazardous jobs, followed by fishing trades and aircraft pilots, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Also among the top 10 are two real estate jobs—construction laborers and structural iron and steel workers. From 2013 to 2014, on-the-job deaths among construction workers increased by 3 percent to 611 fatalities, the highest count since 2009, according to the BLS.

Read more on the need to create safer work environment here.

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