6 Most Dangerous Jobs in California

Dangerous Jobs in California

Nobody goes to work in the morning thinking they’ll be involved in a fatal workplace accident. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you’d think. A surprising 376 California workers died on the job in 2016, according to data from the California Department of Industrial Relations. That’s more than one work-related death per day on average.

Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. Obviously, a construction worker who is exposed to electrical wires, heavy machinery, and power tools is more likely to suffer a work-related injury than a schoolteacher. But which jobs are the riskiest of all? Here’s a look at the six most dangerous jobs in California:

1. Loggers

  • California worker deaths 2012-2016: 15

  • California workers: 1,810

  • Death rate per 100,000 workers: 165.7

Loggers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year. These workers are at risk for being crushed when trees fall or loads of logs are dropped.

2. Aircraft pilots

  • California worker deaths 2012-2016: 30

  • California workers: 12,890

  • Death rate per 100,000 workers: 46.5

In addition to being at risk for fatal airplane crashes, pilots are susceptible to stress-related health issues including heart attacks.

3. Truck drivers

  • California worker deaths 2012-2016: 295

  • California workers: 137,930

  • Death rate per 100,000 workers: 42.8

Truckers face tremendous pressure to deliver loads on schedule. Despite rules that limit the number of hours a trucker can drive in one shift, many are fatigued, putting them at risk for fatal accidents.

4. Construction workers

  • Deaths on the job 2012-2016: 114

  • California workers: 96,480

  • Death rate per 100,000 workers: 23.6

Construction workers are exposed to electrical hazards and falling objects. They also work on elevated platforms in all conditions, putting them at risk for fatal falls.

5. Taxi Drivers

  • Deaths on the job 2012-2016: 20

  • California workers: 24,730

  • Death rate per 100,000 workers: 16.4

According to OSHA, taxi drivers are 20 times more likely to be murdered while working than other American workers. They are also at risk for fatal car accidents.

6. Welders

  • Deaths on the job 2012-2016: 20

  • California workers: 26,550

  • Death rate per 100,000 workers: 16.4

Welders are exposed to low levels of radiation as well as dangerous fumes, vapors, and chemicals. Electric shock can result in serious injury or death.

Did your loved one die from a work-related injury? You may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits.

While nobody should have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to a work-related injury, the death benefits provided by workers’ compensation to surviving family members does help ease some of the financial burden. Death benefits cover reasonable burial expenses up to $10,000 and provide weekly financial support to a worker’s dependents. Dependents may include a deceased worker’s partner or spouse, children, siblings, parents, and/or other family members who either fully or partially relied on the worker’s income to pay for basic living expenses.

If your loved one died from a work-related injury, you may be entitled to significant compensation. To find out, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Office of Gerald Brody & Associates. At your free consultation, we’ll inform you of your rights to death benefits and guide you through the process of filing a claim.

Call us today at (619) 528-9800.