Workers at a number of professions regularly risk their lives

It may be in vogue to glamorize and dissect unusual and dirty jobs on reality shows and other media today, but the topic of dangerous jobs is not a light subject. Thousands of workers are injured and even killed while performing dangerous jobs in Ohio and across the country each year. Many of these people risk their lives to perform services that the everyday person takes for granted, such as improving city and state roadways, delivering goods to stores, providing meat for the public and even taking out the garbage.

According to Forbes, 4,383 people in the U.S. lost their lives while on the job in 2012. That same year, there were nearly 130,000 nonfatal workplace injuries in Ohio, as reported by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these injuries were a result of workers who made a living doing one of America's deadliest jobs.

Job positions that are not for the faint of heart

Some of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. are obvious, while it may seem surprising that other made the list. Forbes lists the top three most dangerous jobs, and the reasons they are so hazardous, as the following:

  • Logging workers-injuries include those caused by falling trees and cutting equipment.
  • Fishers and fishing industry workers-hazards include drowning, extreme weather conditions and heavy equipment.
  • Pilots and flight engineers-these workers risk crashes and injuries from testing equipment.

Rounding up the list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs are: roofing workers, structural iron and steel workers, garbage and recyclable material collectors, electrical power line workers, truck drivers, agricultural employees and construction workers.

Road workers also fall into the last category of construction laborers. Recently, three road construction workers were injured in Maumee on the Anthony Wayne Trail, when the driver of a tanker truck fell asleep at the wheel and struck the construction workers in the roadway. Fortunately, none of the construction workers' injuries were life-threatening, reported the Toledo Blade, although all three men were hospitalized for treatment.

An attorney can help

A worker who is injured while performing a particularly dangerous job may find the workers' compensation process to be difficult and complicated. Many injuries suffered by these types of jobs can result in significant time off and lost wages. In these cases, it can be extremely beneficial to enlist the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney, to ensure the injured party receives the compensation he or she needs to recover.