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What are the most dangerous jobs in Florida?

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Florida is known for its diversity in both people and industries. Indeed, our diverse industries offer numerous employment opportunities, but some jobs carry a higher risk of injury. Understanding which jobs are most dangerous and knowing what to do if you are injured on the job is crucial.

Construction and extraction occupations

Construction and extraction occupations are traditionally one of the most dangerous jobs in our state. This sector is notoriously hazardous. Construction workers face numerous risks, including falls from heights, accidents from the operating of heavy machinery or injuries from them, exposure to harmful substances, etc.

Transportation and material moving occupations

Yet another dangerous occupation is the transportation and material moving occupations. The primary dangers include vehicle accidents and injuries from heavy lifting, making it one of the riskiest fields in Florida.

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

One that many may not see as dangerous is building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations. However, workers in this sector often encounter risks from falls, electrical hazards and exposure to harmful chemicals, posing significant dangers to their safety.

Installation, maintenance and repair occupations

Other surprisingly dangerous occupations are installation, maintenance and repair occupations. Workers frequently face electrical shocks, falls and risks associated with heavy equipment, making safety a constant concern.

Protective service occupations

Though, unsurprisingly, protective service occupations continue to rank high in dangerous jobs. Workers in protective services, such as police officers and firefighters, often encounter violent situations, high stress and exposure to dangerous environments.

What to do if you are injured on the job

If you sustain an injury while working in Florida, notify your employer or supervisor immediately about the incident. Prompt reporting is crucial for documenting the injury and starting the workers’ compensation process.

Obtain medical care as soon as possible. Your employer’s insurance should cover the costs. You may be required to see a specific physician designated by the insurance company.

The workers’ compensation process

Keep detailed records of the accident and your injuries. This documentation can be vital when filing your workers’ compensation claim and for any future legal proceedings.

Submit your claim promptly to receive benefits for medical expenses and lost wages. Ensure all necessary forms are completed and submitted according to Florida’s workers’ compensation regulations.


Understanding your rights and responsibilities following a workplace injury is essential. If you encounter any challenges during the process, stay informed and stay safe in your workplace.



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