Any worker can experience an injury while on the job, but there are some industries that are especially dangerous.
The most dangerous job in Oklahoma is the nursing home worker. About 1 in 7 employees in this job sector are hurt each year — about 2,200 injuries every year.
Firefighters come in second place. About 1 in 8 firefighters is hurt each year, which adds up to about 500 injuries every year. Police officers are third on the list with about 1 in 9 officers injured each year for a total of 1,100 injuries annually.
Workplace injuries in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, more than 48,900 work-related injuries were reported, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data comes from 2012, the most recent year available for Oklahoma.
The industry that has the most injuries each year is hospital sector. About 4,200 hospital workers report on-the-job injuries annually, which makes up about 8½ percent of all work-related injuries. In all, about 1 in 12 hospital employees will suffer an injury at work in any given year.
The safest industry in Oklahoma: finance. Only about 1 in every 200 finance workers is injured on the job each year.
Workplace deaths in Oklahoma
Unfortunately, some workplace injuries result in death. In Oklahoma, 98 people died at work in 2014, the most recent data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Men are far more likely to die from work injuries in Oklahoma, according to the bureau. Of the 98 deaths, 92 were men and six were women.
Workplace deaths can happen at any age, but in Oklahoma, the largest number of deaths happened to 45- to 54-year-olds. This age group accounted for nearly 1 in 4 fatalities.
Fatalities can happen for a variety of causes. In Oklahoma, the most common cause was transportation incidents. While deaths happen in many sectors, the transportation industry was the most dangerous, with about 1 in 4 deaths coming from that sector. Construction was the second most dangerous, accounting for about 1 in 5 workplace deaths in Oklahoma. Other dangerous sectors include government jobs, trade, and mining and energy.
If you or a loved one has been hurt at work, navigating the workers’ compensation process in Oklahoma can be challenging. The skilled, knowledgeable attorneys at Laird Hammons Laird are here to help. Contact us if you need workers’ comp advice.