For some Americans, going to work means risking their lives every day. Looking to pinpoint the most dangerous jobs to have in the U.S., researchers at Health Grove analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to develop a ranking (based on the calculated fatality rate per every 100,000 full-time workers).
Below, we’ve focused on the top 15 deadliest jobs, according to their ranking. We have also added in some info regarding the inherent job hazards associated with each.
These Jobs Have the Highest Fatality Rates, Researchers Say
- Loggers (fatality rate ~ 91) – Falling trees, chainsaw/equipment accidents and falling from trees are among the biggest risks to these workers.
- Commercial fishermen (fatality rate ~75) – A few of the risks these workers face include unpredictable sea conditions and industrial fishing equipment accidents/malfunctions.
- Pilots (fatality rate ~50) – Crashes, inexperience and malfunctioning plane equipment are among the risks these workers face.
- Oil extraction workers (fatality rate ~47) – Explosions, equipment malfunctions and even motor vehicle accidents on oil fields are among the risks these workers face regularly.
- Roofers (fatality rate ~40) – Falling is the primary risk to these workers’ safety and lives.
- Garbage men (fatality rate ~33) – Just a few of these workers’ risks include crushing accidents and motor vehicle accidents.
- Mine workers (fatality rate ~27) – Accidents with heavy equipment, explosions and mine collapses are among the risks these workers face.
- Commercial truck drivers (fatality rate ~23) – The biggest risk that confronts these workers is generally the risk of a traffic accident.
- Farm and ranch workers (fatality rate ~23) – Stampedes, heavy machinery accidents and motor vehicle accidents are among the risks these workers regularly deal with.
- Electric line works (fatality rate ~23) – Electrocutions and falling are the primary risks these workers face.
- Construction workers (fatality rate ~18) – A few of the risks these workers face including falling, being crushed and heavy machinery accidents.
- Taxi drivers (fatality rate ~17) – Motor vehicle accidents are the leading risk to these workers.
- Landscapers and groundskeepers (fatality rate ~15) – Lawnmower accidents, heat illnesses and exposure to dangerous chemicals are the top hazards these workers face.
- Maintenance workers (fatality rate ~15) – Among these workers’ biggest risks are electrocutions/handling wiring, heavy equipment and falling (like off of roofs, for instance).
- Custodians and groundskeepers (fatality rate ~13) – Dealing with industrial cleaning equipment and cleansers are among the biggest risks for these occupations.
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