Most Dangerous Jobs
BY GRAPHIC PRODUCTS EDITORIAL STAFF
Whose Jobs Are More Dangerous?
Deaths on the job are at their highest level since 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Get a quick break down of the top 10 most dangerous occupations and understand the common causes for fatalities, fatal injury rate rankings, and average salaries.
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America's Most Dangerous Jobs
According to the BLS, here are the top 10 most dangerous professions with the highest fatal injury rates.
#1 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
Median Salary: $31,190
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 99.8
Drowning causes the most fatalities. Crews are also at risk from slippery decks, entanglement in nets and gear, and large waves washing over decks.
#2 Logging Workers
Median Salary: $38,840
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 84.3
Most fatalities are from being struck by a falling object or equipment (mainly trees and machinery).
#3 Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
Median Salary: $137,330
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 48.6
Human error is the most common cause for fatalities; pilots of small planes are especially at risk.
Median Salary: $38,970
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 45.2
Slips and falls, burns, and heat-related illnesses cause the most fatalities.
#5 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
Median Salary: $36,160
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 35
Being struck by other vehicles and backing incidents are the main causes of fatalities.
#6 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Median Salary: $52,610
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 33.4
Falls are the leading cause of death. Workers also have a high risk of being struck by objects and equipment.
#7 Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
Median Salary: $24,040
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 26.8
The majority of work is spent behind the wheel, making vehicle accidents the main cause of fatalities.
#8 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
Median Salary: $69,620
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 24
Motorized vehicle incidents and highly physical work are the main reasons for fatalities.
#9 First-line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers
Median Salary: $47,030
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 21
Operation of powerful machinery often causes unintentional contact with objects and equipment, causing death.
#10 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Median Salary: $69,380
Deaths per 100,000 workers: 18.7
Electrocution from high voltage power lines and falls from great heights are the main causes of fatalities.
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