The Top Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in America

According to the most recent figures published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011 saw 4,693 fatal occupational accidents, up over 3 percent from the previous year. The vast majority of these fatalities occurred in a small handful of job sectors representing some of the most hazardous ways to earn a living in the country. Certain jobs carry an underlying risk that can affect up to 127 out of every 100,000 workers. Below, we have listed the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in America.

10. Mining. Miners must spend long hours working outdoors or underground, sometimes in remote locations, and risk dangers like cave-ins, explosions, and exposure to toxic gas. The fatality rate is 22.1 per 100,000 workers.

9. Truck Driving. Long hours of driving enormous trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds make truck drivers more likely to be involved in fatal highway crashes. The fatality rate for truck drivers is 25.9 per 100,000 workers.

8. Farming, Ranching, and Agricultural Management. Transportation incidents make up a large portion of fatalities on the job, affecting 26.1 out of every 100,000 workers. These jobs are characterized by long hours and close contact with heavy machinery.

7. Construction. Because construction laborers do large amounts of physically demanding work, including operating construction equipment, digging trenches, and climbing scaffolding, they suffer a high amount of injuries and a fatality rate of 26.8 out of 100,000 workers.

6. Structural Iron and Steel Installation. Workers who install steel beams using cranes have one of the highest injury rates of all occupations, resulting in 30.3 deaths out of every 100 workers.

5. Roofing. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among roofers, which total 34.1 per 100,000 workers. Other non-fatal injuries like fractures make roofing and other construction jobs among one of the most accident-prone job sectors.

4. Garbage collection. Many employees are struck by impatient drivers who attempt to pass a stopped truck. Other suffer back injuries and lacerations, and are five to seven times more likely than the average worker to sustain injury. The fatality rate for garbage collectors is 36.4 workers out of every 100,000 workers.

3. Aircraft piloting. Pilots have the inherently dangerous task of making a large hunk of metal fly, and adverse weather conditions can make this even more difficult. Piloting has a fatality rate of 56.1 out of every 100,000 workers.

2. Logging. Logging is responsible for 104 deaths per 100,000 workers. In 2011, 65 logging fatalities occurred due in part to heavy machinery, frequent inclement weather, high altitudes, and heavy falling logs.

1. Fishing. Fishing has held the country’s highest fatality rate since 1992, resulting in 127.3 fatalities out of every 100,000 workers. Malfunctioning gear, harsh weather, and incidents with transportation make it one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

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