Iron and Steel Workers
Steelworkers, often working alongside ironworkers, play a pivotal role in society by constructing the skeletal frameworks of buildings and crafting various metal products. As of 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 58,000 structural iron and steelworkers in the United States, in an industry marked by rapid growth. However, these dedicated professionals face a multitude of perils during the course of their work, and the persistently high injury rates place steel working among the most hazardous professions.
Steel working is inherently physically demanding and frequently unfolds in potentially perilous settings, characterized by heights, heavy machinery, and the use of tools. Injuries not only jeopardize their ability to return to work but can also impede their capacity to engage in routine daily activities. Common steel working injuries encompass burns resulting from welding, sparks, and flammable materials, muscle injuries stemming from the arduous manual labor and heavy lifting inherent in the job, falls from high places often encountered at construction sites, impalement risks associated with exposed rebar and equipment, cuts from working with metallic tools, crush injuries caused by structural collapses and falling objects, amputations due to machinery accidents, and tragically, fatalities resulting from severe injuries like structural collapses, head trauma, falls, impalement, and other traumatic events.