Everyone knows that some jobs have higher rates of death and injury than others. But are you working in one of the most dangerous jobs in America? According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the five most dangerous professions in the country.
- 5. Refuse and recyclable materials. Trash collectors spend much of their day riding on a truck collecting materials. The majority of death and injuries in this profession come as a result of traffic accidents.
- 4. Roofers. Roofers perform most of their work on top of buildings, which can mean being stories above the ground for hours at a time. Most accidents in this sector are the result of falls, slips, or trips.
- 3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers. Both pilots and flight engineers are responsible for ensuring that their flight’s course is charted correctly and that the plane is in sky-ready condition. Most fatal injuries in this sector involve transportation incidents, and most accidents occur in the private sector.
- 2. Fishers. Fishers work long hours and may spend months at a time at sea. Most fishing-related deaths involve boat accidents.
- 1. Loggers. One major responsibility of being a logger is felling trees, either for aesthetic purposes or to collect wood for consumer products. Logging is the most dangerous industry in the United States, with around 97.6 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. Contact with equipment and falling objects is the primary cause of death and injury.
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