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Is your Iowa job ranked high for injury risk?

Like most Iowa residents, you might battle traffic every morning to commute to and from your workplace. On some days, you might feel like you’re taking your life into your own hands because of nearby reckless drivers, inclement weather or other issues that make safe travel difficult. Traffic isn’t the only issue that might place you at risk for injury during the normal course of an average workday.

If your job is one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., your employer no doubt emphasizes the importance of adhering to safety regulations and has provided you with proper training and equipment to reduce the chances of a workplace accident. An on-the-job injury can have serious, long-term consequences in your career and personal life.

Safety is a priority, especially in these industries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries provides data regarding on-the-job injuries and fatalities throughout the country. If you happen to work in one of the industries included in the following list, you may be at greater risk for a workplace accident than your peers who have less dangerous jobs:

  • Logging
  • Roofing
  • Garbage collection
  • Agriculture
  • Airflight
  • Commercial fishing
  • Power line installation and repair
  • Construction
  • Landscaping

If you work in one of these industries, you may use heavy machinery or come in contact with electricity, power tools or motor vehicle traffic. Some jobs, such as piloting an aircraft, are more dangerous than others simply because they place you in circumstances that are inherently risky. This list is not extensive, however, and you can suffer an on-the-job injury as an office worker or in another line of work where dangers aren’t as immediately apparent.

Obtaining post-accident care if you suffer a workplace injury

The obvious priority following a workplace accident is to seek immediate medical attention. If you’ve suffered serious injuries, such as those that would render you unconscious, you would entrust your well-being to rescue workers at the scene. If you’re coherent, and even if you’re feeling okay, it’s always best to seek medical attention, as this creates written documentation of the incident.

It’s also important to report your injury to your employer. The workers’ compensation program exists to help recovering injured workers pay their medical bills or to replace lost wages. If your injury prevents you from returning to work right away, such benefits would be helpful in making ends meet during recovery. If your injury was so severe that you are no longer able to work, you can seek consultation regarding Social Security Disability benefits.