Although some jobs – like law enforcement positions – can naturally put people in the line of danger, others carry subtler risks that may be no less of a threat to workers’ safety and wellbeing.
Looking to pinpoint the risky occupations in the nation, recently, researchers at Health Grove analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to discover just what the top dangerous jobs in the U.S. actually are. Below is a look at what they found.
These Workers Face the Biggest Risks Day to Day
Based on worker death rates (per every 100,000 workers in a given industry), here are the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.:
- Loggers (91), who face risks like falling trees and machinery accidents
- Commercial fishermen (75), whose risks include drowning and being injured by commercial fishing equipment
- Airline pilots (51), whose primary risks involve crashes and plane equipment failures
- Oil extraction workers (47), who face risks of machinery malfunctions, motor vehicle accidents, etc.
- Roofers (41), whose primary risk is falling
- Garbage collectors (33), who can be hurt by garbage trucks, trash compactors, etc.
- Mining machine operators (27), who face risks similar to those experienced by oil field workers
- Truck drivers (23), whose primary risk is getting into a crash
- Farm and ranch workers (23), who can be hurt by larger livestock, heavy machinery, etc.
- Electrical line repair workers (23), whose primary risks are being electrocuted and falling
- Construction workers (18), who face a range of serious risks, including falling, being hit by heaving objects, etc.
- Taxi drivers (18), whose risks include traffic accidents and violence/attacks.
What Workers Can Do to Reduce Their Risk of Injury
While some occupations clearly present more of a risk to workers than others, for every worker in the U.S., understanding their rights and how to protect themselves can be critical to staying safe on the job. Among some of the general things workers can do to minimize their risk of sustaining a work injury, according to OSHA, include (but are by no means limited to):
- Getting the proper training to perform their job.
- Wearing the appropriate personal protective gear when performing their job.
- Understanding what to do in the event of a workplace accident.
- Reporting employers who fail to provide safe work environments to OSHA for further investigation.
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