Everyone complains about their job at one time or another. Based on this, you might have greater concerns than others about your job if you work in certain hazardous industries. The latest annual report released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has identified some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States.It is also noteworthy that thousands of work-related injuries and deaths occur every year in these high-risk industries. Make sure you have an experienced workplace injury lawyer on your side to obtain your rightful compensation in these cases.
- Farmers and ranchers
Agricultural workers are required to operate heavy machinery on a daily basis. Frequent use of such heavy machinery can increase the likelihood of serious injuries and fatalities. Tractor crashes are the primary reason workers get killed.
Fatality rate: 20.9 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Underground water and mining machine operators
There are two things that are not meant to work together – water and electricity. However, this is just another day at work for underwater welders. These specialists repair pipelines, ships, dams, and much more. They expose themselves to several dangers and hazards, including explosions and differential pressure hazards.
Fatality rate: 21.6 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Sales workers and truck drivers
Small-scale delivery drivers and truck drivers face numerous hazards in their daily job routine. Motor vehicle accidents are the top cause of fatalities in this industry. The likelihood of crashes is greater because of the industry standards, such as long working hours, shorter rest breaks, and tight deadlines, among others.
Fatality rate: 25.8 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Steel and ironworkers
Steel beams, electrical lines, collapsing walls, swinging objects, and heights are just a few elements making this job hazardous and risky to human life. Falls are a major cause of death among structural iron and steelworkers. Cuts, muscle strains, broken bones, and burns account for most injuries.
Fatality rate: 32.5 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Recyclable material and refuse collectors
The average waste worker makes about $40,000 a year. Depending on how well they work, some can go as high as $100,000. This amount is made by taking out waste and dirt on the street. They place their lives at risk by handling stinky and sometimes toxic discharge and refuse.
Fatality rate: 33.1 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Flight engineers and aircraft pilots
Commercial airline safety has improved in several ways over the decades. However, more than 75 aircraft navigators still lost their lives in 2016 per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Human error, turbulent weather, and mechanical failure account for the greatest number of deaths.
Fatality rate: 34.3 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Construction trade
There are a wide variety of duties performed by construction workers. Most of these carry a heightened level of injury risk. Construction workers perform their duties in an environment where things can fall on them. There is also a high risk of the workers falling from great heights while working. Injuries using heavy machinery and missteps on ladders are a few common reasons for fatal injuries.
Fatality rate: 43.3 deaths per 100,000 workers
Have you ever paid attention to the tasks performed by a roofer on top of your house or office building? These workers expose themselves to the risks of falling off roofs. They have to walk around the top of homes and office buildings. Even with precautions, the injuries sustained can be severe. There is no surprise that this occupation tops the list of falls among the most hazardous jobs.
Fatality rate: 47 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Logging workers
It is scary bringing down a tall, heavy tree. What’s scarier is using heavy machinery to achieve this feat. There are several things that can go wrong in a logger’s day. The job hazards become only more visible when the machinery needs to be operated and controlled while suspended mid-air for minutes or hours. Falling from great heights due to harness issues is another concern in this industry.
Fatality rate: 91.7 deaths per 100,000 workers
- Hunting and fishing workers
Fishing and hunting workers have to be around different types of wildlife. They need to reel in catches, place traps, and work on heavy machinery. There is also a very real risk of coming across dangerous wildlife while performing their duties.
In fact, fishing and hunting is the most dangerous profession across the country because of the myriad of dangerous conditions. Drowning is cited as the most common reason for fatalities in this sector.
Fatality rate: 132.1 deaths per 100,000 workers
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