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America's Most Dangerous Jobs

Steve Wagner

Indy’s FOX59 recently did a profile on America’s most dangerous jobs, and several on the list might surprise you! Most are jobs that involve heavy amounts of manual labor, and often require workers to lift or maneuver large objects that can fall or seriously injure someone if they were to fall. Some of the jobs involve hazardous materials, heights, and other various factors that make them extremely dangerous, especially when proper training and supervision are not given.

The top five most dangerous jobs are as follows:

  • Loggers: With 91.3 deaths per 100,000 workers, loggers face a high risk of injury from handheld saws, as well as injury from falling trees, limbs, and equipment. There is also a great risk of falling in a job that often places workers in high and precarious locations.
  • Fishermen: With a death rate of 73 per 100,000 workers, fishermen work long hours and are often exhausted by the physical toll of their job. Whether handling equipment and attempting to boat during severe storms or drowning accidents that happen when someone gets thrown off the boat, the fishing industry has one of the highest rates of death in our country.
  • Airplane pilots: The death rate for airplane pilots is 50.6 out of 100,000 workers, and most of these deaths occur with smaller aircraft flying in and out of dangerous territories. The area recognized as the most dangerous is the hazardous and mountainous terrain of Alaska. Small aircraft through this area often encounter storms and visual obstructions, which all too frequently cause crashes.
  • Roofers: The men and women who spend their days on rooftops suffer from an increased risk of death at a rate of 38.7 per 100,000 employees. Whether from sustaining fall injuries, or injuries from falling equipment and supplies, roofing is one of the most dangerous professions in the states.
  • Sanitation Workers: Those in the sanitation industry face a rate of 33 deaths per 100,000 workers. Factors like hazardous chemicals, objects flying out of hoppers and compactors, encounters with sharp objects, or even exposure to raw sewage, all contribute to the high death rate in this industry.

Do you work in one of these industries? What hazards have you been exposed to? To discuss an injury you have sustained on the job, contact one of our work injury attorneys at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.


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