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The Top Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in America

by Paul Overett
August 27, 2015
by Paul Overett
August 27, 2015

Although the rate of workplace injuries in the U.S. is steadily declining, there are still many dangerous jobs that have the highest annual fatality rates in the country. In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,405 work-related fatalities.

The following ten jobs are considered the most dangerous jobs in America based on the number of deaths per 100,000 workers.

  1. Construction workers: Demanding physical labor and the use of power tools contributed to 213 deaths in 2013, or 17.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  2. Power line installers and repairers: Electrocutions are a common cause of death among people who install of repair electrical power lines. Fatalities in 2013 totaled 27, or 21.5 out of 100,000 workers.
  3. Agricultural workers: Ranchers, farmers, and other agricultural workers often use heavy machinery to till soil or harvest crops, and accidents are often fatal. Total deaths in 2013 reached 220, or 21.8 out of 100,000 workers.
  4. Truck drivers: Truck drivers must drive long distances for several hours at a time to deliver goods on time to meet deadlines. Accidents caused by fatigue, reckless driving, and more are responsible for 22 deaths per 100,000 workers, amounting to 748 deaths in 2013.
  5. Mining machinery operators: Mining operations involve the use of massive heavy machinery to move rock, coal, metals, and other objects. Cave-ins are also an ever-present threat. 2013 saw 16 mining-related deaths, at a rate of 26.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
  6. Recyclable and waste material collectors: Workers who collect and dispose of refuse are at risk of being hit by cars or hurt by machinery at collection facilities. There were 33 deaths in 2013, and the current fatality rate is also at 33.0 out of 100,000 workers.
  7. Roofers: Roofers work high off the ground, handling tools and maneuvering materials to install and repair roofs. Falls are the leading cause of fatalities, which affected 69 people in 2013 at a rate of 38.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  8. Aircraft pilots: Human error is the number one cause of pilot accidents. Crashes have been responsible for the deaths of 63 people in 2013, at a rate of 50.6 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  9. Fishing workers: Fishing workers are susceptible to inclement weather, heavy equipment, and drowning. 27 people died in 2013, or 75 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  10. Logging workers: The most dangerous job of all is logging. Falling trees, dangerous cutting equipment, and other environmental factors were responsible for 59 deaths in 2013, or 91.3 deaths per 100,000 workers.

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