Certain professions are more treacherous to work in than others. That is just a fact. Certain states are also more dangerous to work in than others. Alaska happens to be one of them. Why is that?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it comes down to population, economic-reliant professions and age. While other states have higher populations, Alaska simply has more people working in fields that have higher rates of fatal occupational injuries.
According to some of the most recent data, those who work in the transportation/material moving industry drive the Alaska economy, literally. This includes people in the following occupations:
- Truck drivers
- Tractor drivers
- Train engineers
- Mine shuttle operators
Statistics show transportation-related incidents contribute to roughly 40% of fatal occupational injuries.
Age of employees
In the transportation industry, many employees are either above the age of 65 or between the ages of 20 and 24. According to the BLS, the rate of fatal injuries for these age groups is four times higher than it is for their peers.
Any employee who suffers an injury while on the job retains the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits to cover his or her losses. If an employer does not have private workers’ comp insurance, the injured may file claims with the state. If an employee fails to survive his or her workplace injury, his or her immediate family may still pursue relief by filing for workers’ compensation death benefits.
Achieving maximum relief can be a challenge
While the point of workers’ compensation is to ensure those injured on the job secure the financial and medical support they need to recover and move forward, or to help families cover their expenses when a loved one passes, insurance providers do not make achieving maximum relief easy. Many people find they have to fight tooth and nail for it. It is wrong, but it is what it is. Thankfully, those pursuing workers’ comp claims do not have to fight for fair compensation alone.
If you work in a dangerous occupation and have suffered an injury, or you have a loved one who lost his or her life due to an injury suffered while on the job, fighting with an insurance provider is the last thing you should have to worry about. Legal counsel can help you submit your claim, file an appeal if denied, and negotiate or litigate for maximum relief.