According to the most recent United States Bureau of Labor statistics, there were 4,836 fatal injuries and over two million nonfatal work injuries and illnesses in private industry in 2015. These workplace accidents can happen in any job, and there are many possible causes for them including overexertion, slip and falls, and exposure to hazardous materials. However, some industries are generally deadlier than others due to their inherently dangerous nature and the risks associated with the job.
Following are the nation’s 20 most dangerous jobs and their corresponding fatalities per 100,000:
- Loggers: 132.7
- Fishermen: 54.8
- Pilots and flight engineers: 40.4
- Roofers: 39.7
- Garbage Collectors: 38.8
- Steelworkers: 29.8
- Truckers: 24.3
- Farmers and agricultural workers: 22
- Line workers: 20.5
- Tree-trimmers and lawn maintenance workers: 18.1
- Taxi drivers: 14.7
- Construction workers and electricians: 12.5
- Miners and mining foremen: 11.4
- Mechanics and their supervisors: 7.6
- Firefighters and police officers: 6.2
- Janitors and pest control specialists: 5.8
- Manufacturing and production workers: three
- Arts, design, sports and entertainment workers: 2.4
- Architects and engineers: 1.2
- Social Workers: one
What Makes These Jobs Dangerous
Some jobs on this list are inherently dangerous due to the nature of the duties associated with the job, such as miners, firefighters, police officers, social workers and athletes. The other industries share common themes regarding what makes them particularly dangerous such as weather, heights, machinery, and hazardous material exposure. Loggers often deal with most of those challenges – rapidly changing weather, falling trees, and powerful, heavy machinery – making logging the deadliest job in the nation.
Fishermen, pilots, and flight engineers also must deal with adverse weather conditions as well as faulty equipment. Manufacturing and production workers as well as mechanics often suffer fatal injuries from the machines or tools that they regularly use. Some workers are at an increased risk of suffering a deadly fall such as roofers, line workers, steelworkers, tree trimmers, and architects. Construction workers and electricians may also suffer from deadly falls, injuries from heavy objects, or electrocutions.
Truckers, farmers, taxi drivers and garbage collectors all use vehicles and are therefore more likely to suffer work-related transportation accidents due to a variety of causes such as fatigue or equipment failure. Garbage collectors, janitors and pest control specialists are also exposed to bacteria, harsh chemicals and disease-carrying pests, putting them at an increased risk of developing occupational diseases.
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