The most dangerous jobs are those with high rates of fatalities which can be tallied in two ways. The number of actual deaths is one way to quantify the number of people who are fatally injured each year in a workplace accident. Another is to calculate the fatal injury rate per 100,000 full time workers in that industry. For example, using the number of fatalities in 2017, truck driving ranks first as the most dangerous job. But using the fatal work injury rate, workers in the logging industry come in at number one, at a rate of 135.9 per 100,000 workers.
Greater Fatality Rate Than 50 per 100,000 Workers
Fishers and fishing related workers face many risks at sea and working with processing equipment. This is reflected in a high rate of fatal injury of 86 per 100,000 workers. Being out at sea, often in inclement weather, presents a high risk of drowning from water vehicle transportation incidents.
Operating other forms of transportation like airplanes is also associated with great risk of fatal work injury. While many commercial aircraft are well maintained and operated by experienced pilots, smaller flyers, air-taxis, and bush pilots have a very dangerous job. Poor maintenance, inexperience, and unpredictable weather accounts for a fatal injury rate of 55.5 per 100,000 among aircraft pilots and flight engineers.
Fatality Rate Less Than Fifty per 100,000 Workers
The construction industry is known for its high rates of injury and fatalities. Among construction workers, roofers are the most at risk for fatal injuries due to the high risk of falls. Falls are one of the four most common construction accidents resulting in fatalities. The rate of fatal injury for roofers is 48.6 per 100,000, and 101 roofers were killed in 2017.
Working in refuse and recyclable material collections is another high-risk job. The close proximity to traffic in this profession puts workers at risk for struck-by accidents. Working outdoors in every type of weather means negotiating conditions that can cause slip and falls. Sanitation workers also operate dangerous equipment. Getting caught in this machinery can mean crushing injuries. In all, 31 workers were fatally injured in 2017 for at a rate of 34.1 per 100,000.
Truck drivers and structural iron and steel workers have similar rates of fatal injury at 24.7 and 25.1 per 100,000 respectively. Fatalities for truck drivers have been rising over the last three years, and are at the highest rate since 2007. Truck driver deaths make up a quarter of all the fatal work injuries in the United States.
In agriculture, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural managers have a fatal work injury rate just below that of truck drivers at 23.1 per 100,000. In 2017 the industry experienced 260 fatalities.
Completing the list of most dangerous jobs are supervisors of construction workers and grounds maintenance workers. Both occupations require the use of heavy machinery and machinery with blades. There were 134 fatal injuries to supervisors of construction workers in 2017, and 217 grounds maintenance workers who died. This translates into a fatal injury rate of 18.0 for the former and per 100,000 for the latter.
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