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Risky Business


You don’t need to have a dangerous job to be injured in the workplace.
Commercial fishing is the deadliest job you can catch – with a worker fatality rate that is 26 times the national average. Yet surprisingly, when it comes to on-the-job injuries, commercial fishing doesn’t even crack the top ten. That’s because deadly and dangerous are two entirely different things. Unless you are actually a commercial fisherman, a little hard work really isn’t going to kill you.
Injuries can and do occur in the most unexpected occupations.
There are certain professions where you expect to see a greater percentage of people getting hurt. It is the nature of what they do. Professional athletes, police officers and firefighters are among those that knowingly put themselves in harms way. Their jobs are dangerous… we know it and so do they. However, these professionals are highly trained and take every precaution. They make safety a priority and utilize special protective gear designed to mitigate the risk of injury as much as possible.
In fact, better technology and equipment, combined with and an increase in safety education, has led to an overall decrease in the number of on-the-job injuries for workers in traditionally dangerous fields like roofing and construction. But you can still get hurt anywhere. And there are some jobs that – because they are erroneously perceived as NOT being dangerous – have a disproportionate amount of workplace injuries.
What is the most hazardous job in America? It’s not police officer or firefighter. It’s not metalworker or ambulance driver or even flamethrower. The profession that racks up the most workplace injuries is… wait for it… Pet Store Worker
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a whopping 14% chance that a pet store worker will be injured on the job. Compare that to a 0.8% chance for injury as a commercial fisherman.

Could Fluffy and Rover really be that dangerous? Actually, yes. You don’t need to be a lion tamer to be susceptible to real injury by an animal in the workplace. Pet store workers rack up over 10,000 injuries a year – and these incidents are occurring somewhere between the kitty litter in aisle 6 and the hermit crab display on the end cap.
It may sound unbelievable at first, but working with animals of any size is clearly unpredictable and dangerous. Just take a look at veterinarians, who also boast one of the most dangerous jobs in the country with an injury rate of over 9.4%. This huge percentage exists despite the fact that veterinarians are highly trained and educated on how to handle animals. Pet store workers, on the other hand, have no training in animal behavior or handling.
Prevention is the first line of defense against workers compensation claims. Proper safety instruction and equipment has been proven to help prevent risk – but if a job is not believed to be dangerous, that training and equipment will not always be available.
When injuries inevitably occur, prompt, proper and consistent care is the key to getting injured workers healed, healthy and back to work. Working with a quality ancillary care provider is the best way to help facilitate a speedy recovery. From scheduling appointments to providing transportation services to arranging for in-home nursing care, you want to select an ancillary care provide that can meet all of your needs – and the needs of the claimant – with a single phone call.
We invite you to visit www.ltdamerica.com to learn more about what you should look for in an ancillary care provider and how you can get employees back to work faster.