Every job carries some level of risk, but some jobs are definitely more dangerous than others. Thousands of workers are injured in on-the-job accidents every year in Oklahoma, and sadly, many more suffer fatal injuries. Here’s a look at the most dangerous jobs in Oklahoma:
In 2015, the United States Department of Labor reported that there were 20 fatalities in the construction industry in the state of Oklahoma. The construction industry is known as one of the most dangerous due to the number of hazards that are typically found on construction sites. In Oklahoma, most of the construction site fatalities were caused by slip and falls or the use of heavy machinery.
Driving a truck may not seem as dangerous as working on a construction site, but being a truck driver is actually one of the most dangerous jobs in the state. Truck drivers are put under a lot of pressure to work long hours in order to meet tight deadlines. After spending hours inside the tiny cabin of a truck, drivers may become fatigued or distracted, which often leads to fatal accidents.
Mining, Quarrying, and Gas/Oil Extraction
Ten people who worked in mining, quarrying, or the extraction of gas and oil in Oklahoma were killed while on-the-job in 2015. Workers in this field face a number of hazards, including the risk of cave-ins, explosions, and exposure to dangerous chemicals. Workers are typically expected to work long hours, which leads to fatigue that makes it more difficult for them to do their jobs safely. In fact, three of the fatalities in 2015 were caused by accidents involving the heavy machinery that these workers are required to use.
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting
Five people who worked in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting fields suffered fatal injuries at work in 2015. These workers have to work closely with heavy machinery that could seriously injure them if the machine begins to malfunction or if it is used incorrectly. Some workers, especially fisherman, can also be injured in transportation accidents.
Workers in the manufacturing industry can be harmed by heavy machinery, overexertion, or exposure to harmful chemicals. There is also a risk of fires and explosions if there are combustible materials located within the manufacturing plant.
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