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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