While most Americans consider police officers and firefighters to have dangerous jobs, the reality is that these jobs don’t even crack the top 10. While workers and employees in all sectors experience dangers and hazards due to workplace violence and transportation accidents, some jobs are just inherently deadlier than others.
#1 Loggers: Loggers work in the deadliest profession in America with an average pay of only $34,600. Logging accidents account for nearly 128 deaths for every 100,000 individuals, with deaths occurring from falls, saw accidents, and falling trees.
#2 Fisherman: Commercial fishermen lead a dangerous life on the water. This treacherous occupation involves battling Mother Nature and the elements, while navigating heavy equipment. The fatality rate is 117 per 100,000 workers with only an average pay of $36,900.
#3 Aircraft Pilots: Pilots of helicopters, private planes, and commercial airliners are all at risk for serious injury and death every time they fly. This profession accounts for 53.4 deaths per 100,000 workers, but is the highest paying of all the dangerous professions.
#4 Roofing: Working in extreme temperatures and scaling tall heights puts roofers at risk for serious injury and death. Roofing accounts for 40.5 deaths per 100,000 workers.
#5 Structural Iron and Steel Workers: Hanging off of tall buildings and welding steel beams is bound to be one of America’s deadliest jobs. This profession accounts for 37 deaths per 100,000 workers and fatalities continue to rise.
#6 Trash Collectors: Trash and recyclable material collectors were killed on an average of 27.1 per 100,000 workers. Excessive driving makes this a dangerous profession, but the exposure to hazardous materials is another big reason this continues to be a deadly job.
#7 Electrical Power Line Installers: Working with electricity is dangerous and accounted for 23 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2012. Repairing lines in poor weather accounted for many deaths, as did accidental electrocution.
#8 Drivers: If you have to log long miles for your job, you may be in a deadly profession. Traveling salesmen, truck drivers, and taxi drivers were killed on an average of 22.1 per 100,000 workers. The death rate is nearly 7x higher than the average fatal injury in all professions.
#9 Farmers: This may come as a surprise to many Americans, but farmers and ranchers take extraordinary risks in their day-to-day jobs. In 2012, 216 deaths occurred from farming accidents with heavy machinery or 21.3 deaths per 100,000 workers.
#10 Construction Workers: In 2012 alone, there were 775 job-related fatalities in the construction industry or 9.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. In particular, construction laborers were the most at risk for being injured by power tools and other heavy machinery.
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If you have been injured on the job, or have developed an occupational illness, contact the Law Offices of Robert Paysinger immediately to discuss all of your options. The Denver workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Paysinger not only possess a thorough understanding of the Colorado workers’ compensation statutes, but also know how to work with insurance companies to ensure that you receive a full, fair value after an injury on the job. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact Robert today at (303)279-0221.
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