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Which are the most hazardous jobs in Pennsylvania?

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Not all jobs are created equal. Some are more dangerous than others, and workers in these jobs are at a higher risk for injury or death.

Truck driving

Truck drivers deal with long hours, bad weather and heavy traffic. Additionally, they are often required to drive for long periods of time without taking a break. This can lead to driver fatigue, which increases the risk of accidents. Truck drivers are also at risk of getting injured in accidents, and they may get exposed to hazardous materials if they’re involved in a spill.


Roofers can unfortunately become injured in many different ways, and one of the most common is falling off the roof. Another hazard roofers face is working with power tools and equipment. If, for instance, you’re using a power saw and it kicks back, you could be seriously injured. Lastly, roofers are also at risk of electrical shock or electrocution if they come into contact with power lines.


Loggers face many of the same dangers as roofers, such as working at heights and with power tools. However, they also have to deal with large, heavy equipment. If a logger is operating a skidder (a vehicle that drags logs) and it tips over, the logger could be seriously injured or killed, potentially leading to a workers’ compensation claim. Additionally, loggers have to be careful of falling trees. If a tree falls on a logger, the results could be fatal.


Miners work in dark, cramped conditions and are constantly exposed to dust and other particles that can be harmful to their health. They also work with heavy machinery and equipment, which may be dangerous if it’s not used properly. Additionally, miners are at risk of getting injured or killed by falling rocks or explosions.

These are just a few of the most dangerous jobs in Pennsylvania. If you work in one of these occupations, it’s important to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect yourself. All employers in Pennsylvania are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance to provide wage loss and medical treatment to injured workers. If you have questions about a claim or fatal claim, you should contact a certified specialist workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about your rights.