Most Dangerous Jobs

February 12, 2019

Over 5,100 workers lost their lives on the job last year. Workplace fatalities continue to rise in the United States, with certain occupations placing workers at increased risk for a fatal injury. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report examining the characteristics of these most dangerous jobs in America.

Occupations Requiring Work in Dangerous Conditions

Jobs with the two highest fatality rates, those in the fishing and logging industries, involve exposure to harsh conditions.  Fishing workers experienced the highest fatality rate in 2017. In that year, 41 fishing industry workers died as the result of exposure to extreme weather, drowning, boat collisions, or slippery decks. Other workers who may be at increased risk include construction workersminersfire fighters, and electricians. Exposure to extreme weather is especially dangerous for workers in the roofing and construction industries.

Other jobs included in the list require individuals to work in the vicinity of dangerous machinery or equipment. These occupations include landscapers, extractors, construction workers, and electricians. Farmers and agricultural workers who face safety risks from motorized farm equipment are listed as having the 8th most dangerous job. Almost 60 percent of all workplace injuries in the farming or ranching field resulted in death.

Occupations Requiring Substantial Driving Time

Professionals who drive as part of their work-related duties face increased risks for a workplace injury. Motor vehicle accidents that occur while on the job can cause catastrophic bodily injuries or death. As a result, many occupations requiring substantial driving time are included on the list of the most dangerous jobs.

These jobs include:

  • Taxi drivers
  • Chauffeurs
  • Athletes, coaches, umpires
  • Bus drivers
  • Police and sheriff’s patrol officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Salespersons
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Whenever a worker drives an excessive amount of time during their workday, they place themselves at a great risk for injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Other transportation-related dangerous jobs include aircraft pilot and flight engineers, which are listed as the third most dangerous occupations.

Occupations Involving Work at High Heights

Falling from a high height is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Falls from ladders, platforms, scaffolds, or rooftops can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and concussions, internal bleeding, back and spinal cord injuries, paralysis and even death. Slip and falls that occur at high heights become much more dangerous.

Some of the occupations included on the most dangerous list due to risks associated with working at high heights include:

  • Roofers
  • Structural iron and steel workers
  • Electrical power-line installers
  • Construction workers
  • Painters
  • Firefighters

Constructing, installing, and repairing building, bridges, or roads place workers in these occupations at high risk for serious or fatal injuries.

Workplace injuries can result in a significant financial burden for families. The costs of ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation and prescription drugs can be overwhelming. The first step in determining if compensation is available for a workplace injury is to contact an experienced Philadelphia work injury lawyer who can assist in determining the best course of action.

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