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The real reasons logging is so dangerous

While many people point to deep sea fishing as the world's deadliest profession or talk about the high fatality totals in the construction industry -- and those things do deserve attention -- the reality is that nothing takes more lives per capita than logging. The key is to look at it per 100,000 workers. It's a smaller industry than construction, for instance, but the fatality rate is higher.

Why is logging so dangerous? People often think of it nostalgically, as a time when people could explore the wilderness and do rewarding physical labor, but it's really just a tough, physically demanding job. It relies more and more on machines, which adds a whole second level of danger and injury potential.

Young workers, falls and spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries change lives. People may never fully recover. It's more than just long-term back pain. They may lose motor function entirely. They could face short-term or long-term paralysis. Even with prompt medical treatment, severe injuries may never heal.

Preventing all on-the-job injuries is impossible, but it can help to understand who faces the greatest risks and how these accidents happen. Let's break it down a bit below:

Safety tips for all construction workers

Working on a construction site in Denver can be very dangerous. You constantly have to stay alert for falling objects, live electrical wires, moving vehicles and various other hazards. In fact, safety should be a priority for all construction workers. For instance, when working at heights, you should always use protection gear that will help prevent a fall.

Staying safe on the job can help you avoid an accident that can keep you from returning to work for a few days or a few months. Here are a few construction safety tips to help you stay injury-free on the job.

Are those deadly jobs really worth it?

When you think of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, do you assume that the people doing them must be making a great living?

After all, how much would it take for you to put your life on the line? How much would you need to get paid every other Friday to risk a life-altering brain injury? Surely, knowing the risks, you would want more money than someone in an office.

Is it dangerous to work on an airplane?

Many people fear flying. When a passenger plane goes down, it's all over the news. In many cases, dozens or even hundreds of people die in the crash. This makes it seem very dangerous.

So what about people who work on airplanes. Are pilots and flight attendants really in one of the most dangerous industries? They have to go up in planes multiple times per week and sometimes multiple times per day. Does that level of exposure mean they are far more likely to get injured or even killed on the job?

When a brain injury changes a loved one forever

Your spouse suffers a head injury in a fall at work. You get the call after they have already arrived at the hospital. Doctors keep them in a medically-induced coma for a few days to let some swelling on the brain go down, and then they wake back up again.

Over time, the physical side of the injury heals. Cuts and bruises fade. They regain all of the physical skills and abilities they had before the fall. You feel grateful that things seem normal again.

Millions of teenagers face dangers in the fast food industry

Most people see the fast food industry as an entry-level job, a way to gain some experience in a relatively undemanding job that does not require an education or special training. That's why it is one of the first places that teenagers turn when it comes time to get some work experience on their resume. Reports indicate that there are about 2.5 million teens in the United States who work in restaurants.

Injury risks

The 5 basic things that workers' comp covers

After two years on the job without a single accident, you finally get hurt at work. It's fairly serious -- not life-threatening -- but you end up in the hospital. You spend two nights and then get to go home.

Even though you're home, you are nowhere near recovered yet. The doctor tells you that you won't be able to go back to work for six months. Your body needs time to heal.

Do older workers face higher injury risks?

At any age, workers can get hurt on the job. However, you may find yourself wondering what type of statistical impact age has. Do older workers face higher risks than younger workers, or is it the other way around?

While you could make a logical argument either way, the reality is not so simple. It all depends on what you mean by "risk."

Office workplace injury hazards: Are you at risk?

Every workplace has its hazards. This means that even the most relaxed office environment can pose risks to the workers who are there.

Office injuries are actually very similar to the injuries that happen in other places. For instance, falls are a leading cause of accidents. Another risk is tripping. Repetitive-strain injuries are a third risk that many office workers are exposed to.

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