Most Dangerous Jobs
December 19, 2018
Workers in any industry may be injured, but some jobs have higher numbers of job-related fatalities than others. This “fatality frequency count” is one method by which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) determines the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The other method, “fatality rates”, divides the number of job-related deaths for a group of workers over a given period by the number of workers in that occupation during that time. According to BLS figures from 2016 (the most current data available), the ten most dangerous occupations are:
- Logging – These workers use chainsaws and heavy equipment, putting them at risk of serious injury. In 2016, there were 91 fatalities and the fatal work injury rate (per 100,000 workers) was 135.9 for this industry.
- Fishing – Rough waters and bad weather are just some of the job hazards these workers face. The fatal work injury rate was 86 for this industry.
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers – These workers face many hazards when performing job duties, such as checking to make sure airplane equipment and mechanical systems are working properly.
- Roofers – Roofers work at elevations of greater than six feet, placing them are at greater risk of suffering a fatal injury if they fall, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Refuse and Recyclable material collectors – These workers inspect trucks, handle heavy materials and drive trucks through residential, business and industrial areas, putting them at increased risk of traffic accidents. There were 31 fatalities in this industry in 2016.
- Structural iron and steel workers – Installing iron or steel beams, columns and other structural members to structures or frameworks and assembling prefabricated metal buildings are some of the duties that come with this job. The fatal work injury rate for this industry in 2016 was 25.1.
- Truck drivers/ sales workers and other drivers – Delivery drivers are on the roads for most of the day, putting them at risk of being involved in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than three million people in the U.S. die each year due to car accidents.
- Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers – Dangerous equipment like combines and tractors pose safety hazards for those in the farming industry. In 2016, there were 260 fatalities in this industry.
- Construction work – Construction supervisors typically work on site, putting them at risk of common construction accidents such as falls, being struck by an object or a caught in/between accident. Approximately 150,00 U.S. workers are injured on construction sites each year, according to the BLS.
- Grounds maintenance – Groundskeepers and other grounds maintenance workers handle hazardous chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers as well as dangerous equipment such as lawnmowers and chainsaws.
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