Each year, almost 5,000 workplace deaths occur in the country each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has looked at the data and has determined which industries have the highest fatality rates. Here is a list of 5 of the most dangerous jobs to do in the country.
Logging is an industry with a fatality rate of 110.9 workers per 100,000. They often work outdoors with heavy machinery, chopping down large trees. While the trunks may be easy to avoid, large dead branches might fall from the crown, easily causing traumatic brain injury or even death.
The fishing industry is far from leisurely. Malfunctioning gear, severe weather, and transportation accidents all contribute to the fatality rate, which is 80.8 workers per 100,000.
Aircraft Piloting & Flight Engineering
Most major airline pilots have a low job fatality rate, but smaller planes operators, such as bush, charger, and air taxi pilots, have a much more dangerous job. Human error is the primary cause of death for these pilots, but bad weather and equipment failure is also an issue. The fatality rate is 53.4 workers per 100,000.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for American roofers. Around 47.4 workers per 100,000 are killed each year. Other damage, such as fractures, rank high as construction workers’ most likely injury.
Most workers who collect garbage and recyclable materials often get hurt working on busy streets. Impatient drivers that try to squeeze past garbage trucks can cause serious injuries, while the workers can also be harmed by broken glass, falling objects from the vehicles, or dirty syringes. The fatality rate is about 35.8 workers per 100,000.
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