We see utility workers on the streets in cities and towns all over the United States. They take their lives in their hands on a daily basis, particularly when conditions become hazardous due to an emergency blackout or brownout, sudden changes in the weather, or a natural disaster like a hurricane or snowstorm. But the workers who work in hazardous condition we don’t hear about often are coal miners, public works employees who work underground, or fishermen who risk their lives on the waters off the East Coast and Pacific Northwest. Do you know someone who employed in these conditions, and where the risk is the norm? Do you know someone who has been injured from working in this type of profession? What are some of the hazards that these workers encounter?
- Coal Mining: In the long-term, black lung disease is a condition that is on the rise, having doubled since 2004, particularly among those who have worked in the field for more than 25 years. Other hazards of coal mining include collapsing roofs, in-tunnel explosions, and earthquakes and tremors.
- Sewage and Sanitary Workers: A variety of health problems are encountered among these workers including coming into contact with harmful gases, respiratory problems, exacerbated skin conditions and more. Sanitation and underground workers never know what they will encounter during the course of the day.
- Fishermen: Capsized boats lead among the top-rated accidents for those fishing at sea. Also in the picture are incidents like falling overboard, encountering storms and hazardous conditions in the water, and injuries from the gear and rods that are used. In 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gave the most dangerous profession in American as fisherman and fisherwomen based on encounters with heavy equipment, extreme equipment and drowning.
If you or someone you know works in a hazardous job, and has been injured or died as a result of conditions that existed at the time of an accident, a personal injury lawyer who is well-renowned for cases involving personal injury is your best bet for seeking the proper course of action.