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10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

Reality shows like Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch and Shipping Wars give us a glimpse into the perils of some careers.  However in 2012, 4,383 work fatalities occurred according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Some jobs and workplaces are inherently hazardous and expose workers to an unnecessary amount of dangers.  Jobs that use heavy machinery, hazardous material, require excessive amounts of travel or work in treacherous terrain have a higher incidence of injury and death than others.

After years in the top spot, fishermen no longer hold the most dangerous job. However, fishing is well-known to be a very hazardous occupation, particularly Alaskan shell-fishing, and fatalities have escalated in recent years. The BLS breaks down the numbers to tell us what the most dangerous professions are in in the U.S.

10. Construction Worker
An average of 17.4 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards: dangerous equipment and power tools
Annual pay: $34,500

9. Farmers, Ranchers, Agricultural Managers
An average of 21.3 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards:  heavy equipment, huge animals
Annual pay: $73,700

8. Drivers/Sales Workers, Truck Drivers
An average of 22.1 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards: road incidents, exhaustion
Annual pay: $27,700

7. Electrical Power Line Installers and Repairers
An average of 23 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards: electricity, height
Annual pay: $62,300

6. Trash, Recyclable Material Collectors
Deather per 100K 27.1
Hazards: hazardous materials, heavy equipment, road incidents
Annual pay: $35,200

5. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
An average of 37 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards: height, heavy materials, welding
Annual pay: $50,700

4. Roofers
An average of 40.5 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards: height, heat stroke in summer
Annual pay: $38,800

3. Pilots, Flight Engineers
An average of 53.4 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards: air disturbances, high altitude, take offs and landings
Annual Pay: $128,800

2. Fishers, Fishing Workers
Deaths per 100K workers 117
Hazards: sea disturbances, drowning, heavy equipment
Annual Pay: $36,900

1. Loggers
An average of 127.8 deaths for every 100,000 workers
Hazards: falling trees, cutting equipment, rugged landscape
Annual Pay: $34,600

Lubbock Workplace Injury Lawyers

Whether your work in one of the 10 most dangerous fields or not, you should always take proper precautions and check that your workplace is a safe. If you suspect your workplace may be violating safety standards and practices, contact OSHA before someone gets injured. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a workplace accident, contact the Lubbock workplace injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group who specialize in workplace accidents and injuries.