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Why are other industries said to be more dangerous than construction?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2023 | Workplace Risks

Many people will say that construction is the most dangerous industry. Usually, the reason given for this is that it has the highest number of fatal accidents every year. And this is true, as statistics consistently support.

That being said, there are plenty of reports, claiming that other industries are actually more dangerous. Deep-sea fishing is notoriously labeled as one of the most dangerous occupations, for instance, as is the lumber industry. Why are these reports different and what do the stats tell us?

Fatal accidents per capita

Generally, it’s just the way that the stats are being reported. If you’re looking at the overall stats for the number of fatal accidents, then it is always construction by a wide margin. But the reason for this is that construction is an incredibly large industry, to begin with.

If you sort the stats according to how many fatal accidents there are per capita, then you’ll see that other industries have higher fatality rates. There are not nearly as many people working in forestry or agriculture, for example, but both of them have higher fatal accident rates than construction. In some senses, this means that they are actually more dangerous on a day-to-day basis. There will be fewer overall cases every year, but workers in these industries are more likely to suffer severe injuries.

What are your options?

The key takeaway is that many industries are dangerous and can often lead to injuries and fatalities. Those who have been hurt or who have lost loved ones may need to take the time to look into all of the legal options at their disposal. This could include seeking workers’ comp benefits.