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The Top 5 Industries for Workplace Injuries in California

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2020 | Workers' Comp, Workplace Injuries |

Some jobs are certainly more dangerous than others. Construction work is a higher-risk position than most office jobs (although it would be misguided to think that desk workers can’t be hurt on the job). Yet, the jobs that produce the most work-related accidents in our state may surprise you. Here are the top five industries for workplace injuries in California.


Working in a job that requires you to care for others can be dangerous for a variety of reasons. Doctors and nurses encounter life-threatening situations regularly, and while it is usually their patients who are in danger, healthcare professionals can be affected as well.

These jobs can be incredibly hard on the body—many doctors work long hours on their feet and suffer from back pain and exhaustion. Nursing home employees may have to lift and move their patients around, which can lead to injury. Patients at times become violent and may lash out. Healthcare workers are also at a higher risk of coming into contact with infectious diseases.

Between the private and public sectors, an average of about 9 in 100 workers experienced a work-related injury each year.

Animal Husbandry

Animal husbandry is a field of agriculture that involves caring for animals who are being raised for slaughter or some other type of human consumption (such as raising cows for milk production). The machinery used in farming and other such large commercial operations can be incredibly dangerous and unwieldy. Animals may also cause their caretakers harm.

A reported 6.6 injuries occur per 100 workers each year.

Courier Services

The task of carrying mail, packages, messages, and other goods and services comes at a higher risk than you may expect. This is because motor vehicle crashes—as well as bicycle and pedestrian accidents—are a common and even deadly occurrence in general. Because courier workers must drive, cycle, or walk to complete their jobs, they are automatically at risk. With services like Lyft and Uber originating in California plus the growing prevalence of online delivery services, it is no wonder that so many workplace injuries affect courier workers, who experience 6.4 injuries per 100 workers annually.

Logging & Woodworking

Though logging is a relatively small industry, especially compared to the others on this list, it can be extremely hazardous. Loggers use a myriad of heavy and powerful equipment that can cause immense harm to workers if it malfunctions or is used incorrectly. Woodworkers are also frequently exposed to dangerous equipment. Both types of workers must often lift and carry large materials as well, contributing to about 5.9 accidents per 100 workers.


Aviation accidents are nowhere near as common as car accidents but are far deadlier. However, it is not just pilots and their passengers who are at risk in this industry. Mechanics, cargo and freight workers, and flight attendants all put themselves at risk in varying ways as well. The tools they use and strenuous labor they perform often lead to injury, especially those caused by repetitive motions.

Employees in this industry suffer approximately 5.8 injuries per 100 workers every year.

If you have been hurt on the job while working in any of the above or another industry in Northern California, we can help. Our San Jose workers’ compensation attorneys have decades of experience helping people just like you receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us now to schedule your free consultation.