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Top 5 Dangerous Jobs: Why Security Helps Prevent Injuries and Death at Work

Is your job dangerous? Have you been a victim of workplace violence? “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS,), approximately 5,000 Americans die at work each year. Work fatalities can be caused by a variety of factors, many of which are preventable. Causes of work-related death include assaults by co-workers, falls, dangerous contact with equipment, explosions and exposure to harmful substances.”

Currently, the top 5 most dangerous jobs are:

5. Roofers
34.7 deaths per 100,000
Roofers often work in conditions where footing is extremely dangerous, the heat is unbearable, and power lines hang low. Roofers suffer from disastrous falls, electrocution, and heavy exposure to chemicals and mold. Although traditional security may not prevent roofing accidents, security cameras may capture incidents for insurance purposes.

4. Rancher/Farmer
38.5 deaths per 100,000
“The causes of fatalities in commercial farming and ranching include being tangled in or having dangerous contact with large-scale industrial farming equipment, entrapment and dangerous contact with livestock.” In addition, CNN Money reports the long hours and outdoor working conditions contribute to fatigue, “causing less attention to preventative safety measures including hydration, wearing safety equipment, operating machinery with diligence and care, and being aware of fellow workers.” Security cameras may seem uncommon in industries such as farming, but the cameras are just as necessary. Security cameras can remotely watch over livestock for sickness or births, employees interacting with equipment, and crops. Private farms can also implement access control for the entrance, when privacy and protection is required, but getting to the front gate for every arrival is impractical.

3. Pilots
57.1 deaths per 100,000
Death among pilots is more common for smaller aircraft rather than commercial, but it’s still a dangerous occupation. Reasons for fatalities are “shoddy maintenance of taxi”, inexperienced pilots, and inclement weather. After the 9/11 attacks, security measures in airports have greatly tightened. Although we wait in long lines, expose our personal items in see through bags, and in some airports, step through full body x-ray machines, these extra security precautions are there to protect and prevent further threats.

2. Loggers
61.8 deaths per 100,000

“Many loggers are crushed by falling trees, tree limbs and equipment, or suffer fatal injuries when equipment is used improperly or malfunctions. Like commercial fishing, logging is often undertaken in remote locations where access to prompt medical attention after accidents is scarce.” With loggers working in such remote areas, a camera would obviously be impractical, but logging companies should consider implementing GPS tracking devices on the trucks and work vehicles. GPS can help to track routes and quickly determine a worker’s location in case of medical emergencies.

1. Fisherman
200.0 deaths per 100,000

It should come as no surprise that the most dangerous job is a commercial fisherman. After all, there is a Discovery Channel show called “Deadliest Catch”, pictured above. “Most commercial fishing vessels are small boats that are easily capsized or destroyed by sudden, treacherous storm systems that occur in the deep seas. The work itself also involves dangerous equipment such as nets, chains and sharp objects, all of which may need to be operated under extremely harsh conditions or with very little light.” Again, GPS is the most practical security measure to help quickly locate a boat in the case of an emergency. A weatherproof security camera on the ship wouldn’t hurt either. Family members can remotely check in on you on the Internet, and the cameras can capture incidents for insurance purposes, or the big fish that got away!

In The Office
A job can not only be dangerous because of physical elements, but it can also put you at risk from your environment, in particular, your co-workers or your customers. Workplace violence is a serious safety concern, and led to 521 reported homicides in 2009. “Workplace violence is a critical issue that can impact any workplace, at any time. Organizations in every industry need to be prepared to ensure the safety of their employees.”

In 2009, there were 837 reports of assault and violent acts, the largest number of threats to employee safety behind transportation accidents. You should never feel unsafe at your job. Security cameras can help monitor employee and customer behavior, especially useful in the case of physical violence, verbal abuse, and employee-customer interactions.

Click image above to see surveillance footage of workplace violence. Examples like the above are exactly why security cameras in the office can help to monitor violent outbursts and quickly defuse the situation. Security cameras can also aid with capturing evidence and deterring criminal behavior.

In this example above (click image to watch video), a customer attacks a McDonald’s employee, and later smashes the drive-through window. Because this attack was captured on surveillance footage, it was easy for police to identify and charge the offender. Security cameras are always watching, and help to capture events like this.

Security is there to help protect your employees, your customers, and your workplace. VinTech can help answer any question you may have about employee safety and security.

Note: The most up-to-date statistics are from 2009. The Dept. of US Labor was supposed to update it in April of 2011, but it doesn’t appear to be updated yet. To read the entire 2009 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics report, click here.

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