If your spouse works in a dangerous industry, you may very well be nervous that they could be severely injured or even killed on the job. While most industries today are vastly safer than they have been in the past, there are still clear risks and thousands of workers lose their lives every year.
This may not be something you want to spend every day feeling nervous about, but it’s still clear that it’s worth considering as you plan for the future for you and your family.
The most dangerous industries
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the most dangerous industries in the United States. Some you may have heard of already, but others are bound to come as a surprise. Here is the top 10 from Business Insider:
- Workers in the logging industry
- Fishermen and support crews
- Flight engineers and aircraft pilots
- Refuse collectors and recycling collectors
- Drivers, including truck drivers
- Farmers and agricultural workers
- Steel and ironworker
- Construction workers
- Landscaping workers and ground crews
The full list from BI contains more than 30 occupations, and you can see that many of those noted also include multiple jobs. This just helps to underscore how dangerous working in the United States can be, no matter what it is that your spouse does for a living.
What are your options if your spouse is injured or killed at work?
In the event that your spouse does suffer serious or fatal injuries on the job, you need to know what options you have. Life will change forever, and it’s crucial to know how to move forward and what steps to take. Workers’ compensation benefits are available, and you may even have the right to a third-party claim that can provide additional benefits. An attorney can help you learn more.