The growth in Wisconsin’s forestry industry has improved employment opportunities in timber production. The Badger State’s surge in lumber exports used for furniture and hardwood flooring has appeared hopeful for workers seeking long-term positions.
Logging, however, ranks as the most dangerous job in America, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Roofers are not far behind on the dangerous occupation list.
A range of work-related hazards in the logging industry
Loggers face the highest risk of harm from falling trees, branches or other objects while they fell timber. As noted by CNBC, the timber industry reported 1,040 work-related injuries in 2018.
Accidents involving chain saws or sharp axes typically require immediate medical care and could result in significant time off for recovery. Forestry workers experience the highest number of fatal injuries than any other industry. For every 100,000 full-time employees, nearly 98 loggers have reportedly suffered job-related fatalities.
The most common logging job accidents result from contact with equipment or tumbling objects, but forestry workers also face somewhat uncommon hazards such as animal attacks. Lyme disease and respiratory conditions reflect occupational illnesses. Repetitive motion injuries and back problems could also result in a logger requiring medical attention and time off from work to recover.
Roofers also experience high rates of injuries
The roofing industry reported 2,060 injuries during 2018. The majority of accidents included falling, slipping or lifting heavy objects under inclement weather conditions. A slip or fall can cause serious or life-altering injuries for employees who may be working several floors above ground. Close to 100 roofers suffered job-related fatalities in 2018.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured employees to recover
Employees may apply for workers’ compensation benefits when an injury requires medical treatment and time off. Proper documentation of the injury, medical diagnosis and a doctor’s recovery plan reflects a critical part of the application process. Harmed workers, however, do not need to prove that they made no on-the-job errors that contributed to their injuries.