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Over there: contractors' jobs include risks, possible injuries

They perform the jobs critical to the mission, maintenance and security of U.S. military bases around the world. They are civilian contractors who work for either private companies or the American government.

The political reality in Washington DC is that no one wants to commit U.S. soldiers to duty in hostile areas. So the Pentagon is increasingly relying on contractors to take care of the countless jobs that Marines, soldiers and sailors used to do routinely.

A recent perusal of civilian contractor job sites shows that there are positions aplenty. People can apply for and be hired to fill positions at bases around the world. Among the jobs spotted were mechanics, groundskeepers, maintenance workers, security and police, IT, English instructors, warehouse managers, air traffic controllers, cooks, communications experts, translators, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses and construction workers.

Just as with jobs here in the U.S., those positions come with risks. Some of them are in hostile, violent areas that increase the risks of injuries and fatalities, of course, but all of them come with everyday risks. A construction worker on a base in Afghanistan undoubtedly faces challenges that a construction worker in Houston would never have to deal with, but at the same time, both workers are doing inherently dangerous work.

There are hazards involving heavy equipment, electrocution, falls and more no matter where the construction is taking place.

When a contractor is injured overseas, they are protected by law just as workers at home are protected by workers' compensation regulations. When a claim for compensation is denied, a skilled attorney can help you fight for the benefits you need and deserve.

If you have any questions about the Defense Base Act and how this can affect you or a loved one, please contact the Barnes Law Firm at 713-652-4002 for a confidential consultation.

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