Whatever you do for a living, there’s a pretty good chance that danger is never too far away while you are at work. Some jobs, however, have a much higher element of risk than others, meaning that accidents at work are never too far away from being a real possibility.
This article will give an overview of some of South America’s most dangerous jobs.
Some of South America’s most dangerous jobs
- Prison guard: Recent violent clashes among prisoners in South American jails have lead to many prison guards being injured or killed on duty.
- Fisherman: The Atlantic and Pacific coasts off this vast continent provide some of the most dangerous shipping waters in the world.
- Miner: Some of South America’s mines are old and poorly maintained, meaning that many miners are trapped underground for days on end or killed.
How to prevent work accidents
If you work in a particularly dangerous environment, there are a few things that you can do to minimise the risk of an accident:
- Always use the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided. This can save your life.
- Ensure that you have the correct training. When using any form of equipment or machinery, make sure that you have been shown exactly how to use it.
- Make sure that you are aware of any dangers that may be present.
- Use your ears to listen for any warnings or alerts of imminent danger.
- If you do suffer a personal injury, then you should make sure that it is recorded and that the appropriate authorities are informed.
How to claim for work accident compensation
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You may have to pay expensive medical bills or could face a long time off work and therefore, will not be earning. The money you claim can help towards this.
Accident Advice Helpline have years of experience when it comes to compensation claims for personal injuries. We are a friendly law firm with professional advisors who are available on our freephone telephone number 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. You can talk to us in confidence with no obligation to proceed. We will ask you a series of questions when you call and decide whether or not you have grounds for a compensation claim.