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Some of the most dangerous jobs may be surprising

Over the past decades, there has been a concerted effort to improve workplace safety, for instance, through the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration back in 1970. However, the reality is that some jobs, no matter what safety standards are in place, will just be dangerous.

A recent report, which was summarized in major news media outlets, used fatality and other statistics to determine what the 25 riskiest jobs in the United States were. Some of the jobs that made this list might come as little surprise to Florida residents.

For example, many Floridians are already familiar with the risks in the commercial fishing industry, which was near the top of the list of dangerous professions, and they can probably understand why jobs like logging and roofing are considered dangerous just by considering how those in these occupations are expected to work from heights and use potentially dangerous equipment.

However, some professions might seem rather mundane, such as marketing and sales. What often gets overlooked, though, is that those in the transportation industry or who travel a lot to sell products spend a lot of time behind the wheel. Driving remains a very risky activity that we often do not think of as such, and traffic accidents frequently leave workers in these professions seriously injured.

In any event, though, Floridians who work in one of these dangerous professions are more likely to need financial help because of a work-related injury that leaves them permanently disabled. Although they may be able to get workers' compensation, Social Security disability benefits may be available to them as well so long as they meet the applicable federal requirements.

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