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How dangerous is it to work as a carpenter?

I hear about construction jobs in general having a "high risk of injury", but what's considered high? How likely is it that, say, during my first year as an apprentice, I will have some injury which is severe enough to require a trip to the hospital?

Asked By: Sparky - 6/15/2009
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A good indicator of the chance of injury is taken from your State's Workmen's Compensation Modifying Chart. Our company employs Union Carpenters. The modifying rate for a carpenter is less than Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers,Electricians, but higher than painters,drywall finishers,floor covering installers... More
Answered By: Tedruski - 6/16/2009
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It is no more high risk than any other job.You have rules and regulations you must follow and if you do you would be ok.
Answered By: Star - 6/15/2009
 
The odds are the same for everyone, 50/50, you either will or you won't. If you are on a good union job you will be trained in the safe way to do the work so you are less likely to get hurt. Like anything anyone does, it depends on you paying attention to what you are doing and if at all in doubt about how to do it... More
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Answered By: Jim W - 6/15/2009
 
Always think 'Safety First'. Don't do any job if it is going to put you or any other person on the site in danger. Some sites especially larger ones have site offices where you will need to be inducted before you can go on site and you will be told of any possible dangers. Make sure you use common sense and always... More
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Answered By: Rossco - 6/15/2009
 
Suggest there is little risk if you follow all the safety rules and regulations precisely and use common sense.
Answered By: trapper1_CA T - 6/15/2009
 
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