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America’s Most Dangerous Jobs: Is Yours on the List?

Every job has risks, but truck drivers, fishermen, loggers, roofers, farmers and construction workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in America. Employers have a responsibility to protect their workers from harm. Mitigating the risks includes providing proper training, proper equipment, and proper supervision on the worksite.

Dangerous Jobs in America

In 2017, electrical workers suffered 26 fatalities, a fatality rate of 19 per 100,000 workers. Landscapers suffered 53 fatalities, a rate of 21 per 100,000 workers. Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural managers suffered 258 fatalities, a rate of 24 per 100,000. Truck drivers had one of the highest overall death rates with 987 fatalities recorded. However, because of the sheer number of drivers, the industry had a fatality rate of 27 per 100,000 drivers.

Structural iron and steel workers recorded 14 fatalities for a fatality rate of 33 per 100,000 workers. Trash and recyclable collectors counted 30 fatalities and a rate of 35 per 100,000 individuals. This was followed by 91 fatalities for roofers who had a fatality rate of 45 per 100,000. Pilots and flight engineers recorded 59 deaths for a fatal work injury rate of 49 per 100,000. Loggers recorded 55 deaths and a rate of 84 per 100,000. And, the deadliest job of them all was fishing. In 2018, 41 fishermen died for a fatality rate of 100 per 100,000 workers.

Other dangerous jobs included electricians and power-line installers, construction workers, police officers, taxi drivers, painters, and mining machine operators. Overall, while statistics have changed over the past decade, the list of dangerous jobs has remained relatively consistent. This makes it very clear that certain industries still have plenty of room for improvement when it comes to keeping workers safe from harm.

Oversight and OSHA

Employees engaged in dangerous professions can file complaints against their employers. When employers are negligent in protecting their employees, OSHA can investigate and levy fines and other penalties until employers comply with established safety standards. A workers’ compensation attorney in Las Vegas often helps workers file complaints about unsafe conditions and pursue compensation for injuries suffered at work. Often, when a complaint is filed, the information therein highlights multiple deficiencies within the company that put employees at risk of injury or death.  

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