For years, television shows have highlighted dangerous jobs in the U.S. From lobster fishermen to iron workers, shows like Deadliest Catch and Deadliest Job Interview offer compelling and often terrifying glimpses into the daily lives of those in some of the riskiest professions. While the dangers for those men and women are clear, it can be easy to overlook some of the common but serious risks that exist for Iowa workers. Recently, the work resource website Zippia created a map detailing the most dangerous professions in every state and the most dangerous jobs overall, and the results may surprise you.
Compared to the rest of the nation, Iowa is a fairly safe place to work—the Zippia study ranked the state 31st most dangerous. Despite this relative safety, approximately 20,000 workers report a job-related injury every year, according to Iowa Workforce Development. Though employees are injured in a wide variety of jobs, many of the reported injuries do occur in a handful of fields, including:
Which job has the unfortunate distinction of being Iowa’s most dangerous, though? According to the Zippia study, the riskiest place to work in Iowa is with the U.S. Postal Service, which also ranked as the fourth most dangerous job nationwide. Why is mail delivery so hazardous? The study based its findings on the number of injury reports and the population of the state, but examining mail carrier careers more carefully reveals a wide variety of safety considerations—weather elements, transportation accidents, difficult terrain, and even aggressive pets.
While the workers in all these fields may be especially at risk, dangers exist everywhere. Iowa employees reported injuries in even seemingly “safe” fields like retail, education, amusement, finance, and more in 2015. Workers in all fields should take care to follow basic safety precautions, including:
Whether you work in one of the riskier fields or not, job-related accidents and injuries happen every day. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. At Pothitakis Law Firm, our experienced Iowa attorneys have helped many injured workers and their families obtain the care and compensation they deserved. Call our office nearest you to speak with a member of our team, and find out how we may be able to help.
For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm’s areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.