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Posted by on April 5, 2022

New York City is a hub full of employment opportunities. The sheer density of people in a relatively small area, such as Manhattan, is a natural job creator. However, along comes a certain danger – work accidents. Police officers and firefighters are often regarded as the brave faces amid dangerous work environments, but they aren’t the only ones. There are some jobs in New York City that disproportionately lead to injury and death among workers

Here are a few of the most common causes of workplace injuries and the jobs that see the highest rate of injuries in New York City. 

  • Construction work is by far the most dangerous profession in New York City, accounting for over a quarter of all fatalities, even though it makes up just 6% of the workforce. Exposure to heights, heavy machinery, and power tools pose a risk of injury and death.
  • Taxis, limousines, and other transit drivers must deal with the usual dangers on the road, including accidents and crashes. They must also consider the possibilities of assault and robbery, sometimes by their passengers. The dangers are often intensified when working at night due to alcohol.
  • Subway workers: The backbone of New York City’s transportation system requires a great deal of inspection and maintenance, which can mean putting workers in danger of electrocution.
  • Sanitation workers face hazards daily working with large, heavy machinery and performing physically demanding jobs. Impatient drivers who also try to pass garbage trucks and inadvertently hit workers also pose a risk.
  • Couriers on any mode of transportation navigate the chaotic streets to deliver documents while trying to avoid the dangers posed by unpredictable drivers or simply the unexpected opening of a car door.

The most common injuries linked with some of the above-mentioned professions include, but are not limited to:

  • Overexertion injuries relate to pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, throwing, etc. They are often associated with pulling a muscle or pulling your back out.
  • Slipping or tripping injuries occur due to wet floors or materials unexpectedly obstructing walkways.
  • Falling from heights, such as from a ladder, or being struck by a falling object, whether from a shelf in an office or tools on a construction site, are another leading cause of on-the-job injuries.

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