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A closer look at some of America's most dangerous jobs

We are all well aware that employees working in the construction, manufacturing and transportation sectors are at a heightened risk of suffering serious or even fatal work injuries because of the inherently dangerous nature of their occupations. However, are these some of the most dangerous jobs that a person could possibly have here in the U.S. or are there perhaps even more dangerous professions out there?

A closer look at figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides some valuable insight. Specifically, agency stats show that approximately 4,547 people suffered fatal workplace injuries in 2010 -- the most recent year for which such data is available. More importantly, these statistics reveal that a large number of these fatal injuries occurred in only a small number of sectors and that certain professions are extremely dangerous.

What then are the most dangerous professions?

  1. Fishing: The fatality rate for workers in the fishing industry was determined to be 116 per 100,000 workers; Poor weather, dangerous equipment and transportation accidents are just a few of the reasons why fishing has had the highest fatality rate since 1992
  2. Logging: The fatality rate for workers in the logging industry was determined to be 91.9 per 100,000 workers; As with fishing, dangerous equipment and poor weather play major roles in worker fatalities in the logging sector. However, falling objects are also responsible for a large number of injuries and fatalities
  3. Aviation: The fatality rate for pilots/fight engineers in the aviation industry was determined to be 70.6 per 100,000 workers; Not surprisingly, transportation accidents (i.e., crashes) are the most common cause of fatal work injuries
  4. Agriculture: The fatality rate for farmers/ranchers in the agriculture industry was determined to be 41.4 per 100,000 workers; While farm may seem relatively risk-free, farmers/ranchers are constantly in close contact with heavy machinery and work very long hours
  5. Mining: The fatality rate for workers in the mining industry was determined to be 19.9 per 100,000 workers; Once again, heavy machinery used in close quarters was identified as the primary risk factors facing miners. However, miners are also regularly exposed to explosive materials and other combustible elements

Stay tuned for further developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


Yahoo! Finance, "The 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.," Travers Korch, June 4, 2012

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