Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

While the national rate of work injuries is dropping, there are certain professions that are still read dangerous. Below we present you the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America.   Construction laborers 10) Construction Laborers Fatal Work Injury Rate: 18,1 Number of fatal injuries: 220 Construction laborers’ line of work is to the help with various tasks at a construction site. This includes unloading building materials, cleaning the construction site, and assisting craft workers. Electrical power line installers and repairers 9) Electrical power-line installers and repairmen Fatal Work Injury Rate: 21,5 Number of fatal injuries: 27 Their work is to install and maintain the power network that transfers electricity from power stations to houses and businesses. They have to be extremely cautious as they are at risk of being hit by thousands of volts. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers 8) Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers Fatal Work Injury Rate: 22,9 Number of fatal injuries: 231 They work at establishments that produce dairy products, livestock and crops. Their work is to decide how to raise livestock, or crop based on soil conditions. Observe market demand and federal regulations. Driver sales workers and truck drivers 7) Driver/sales workers and truck drivers Fatal Work Injury Rate: 23,6 Number of fatal injuries: 806 Their work is to pick-up, transport, and deliver small packages, usually within urban areas. They transport these packages driving trucks with a 26.000 (GVW) Gross vehicle weight or less. Some of their duties include: loading and unloading the truck, receiving payments, keeping their trucks in good working order and maintaining a clean cabin. Mining machine operators 6) Mining machine operators Fatal Work Injury Rate: 26,9 Number of fatal injuries: 16 Their work is to use equipment in order to extract rocks, stones, and coal at mining sites. They work underground where they dig through deposits of coal ore and precious metals, then they load these metals to carts that transfer the loads to the surface. Refuse and recyclable meterial collectors 5) Refuse and recyclable material collectors Fatal Work Injury Rate: 33,0 Number of fatal injuries: 33 Refuse and recyclable material collectors work involves driving trucks that collect recycling materials from bins. Some of their duties are to make sure their trucks are well maintained and fully operational before they start their route, unload recyclable materials at disposal sites, and use machinery that compress the recyclable materials. Roofers 4) Roofers Fatal Work Injury Rate: 40,5 Number of fatal injuries: 72 Their work is to install and repair roofs on buildings using materials like metal, asphalt and shingles. Some of their daily tasks involve finding problems on a roof and finding a way to repair it. Making the decision on what materials to use, and carrying out the necessary repairs. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 3)   Aircraft pilots and flight engineers Fatal Work Injury Rate: 50,6 Number of fatal injuries: 64 They fly aircrafts, helicopters and airplanes transferring cargo or people. Some of their tasks are to inspect the aircraft and make sure it is at perfect condition before and after every flight, operate aircraft along routes, landings and takeoffs, and keep in touch with air traffic control. Fishers and related fishing workers 2) Fishers and related fishing workers Fatal Work Injury Rate: 75,6 Number of fatal injuries: 27 Fishers and related fishing workers’ work is to catch different kinds of fish. They typically sell them on for animal feed, bait, and human consumption. Some of their daily tasks are to locate good fishing areas, catch fish, maintain the boat to a high and safe standard, and store fishes in a safe and hygienic way to keep them fresh until they are sold on. Logging workers 1) Logging workers Fatal Work Injury Rate: 91,3 Number of fatal injuries: 59 Their work is to harvest lumber according to forestry regulations in order to provide raw material for industrial and consumer products. Some of their duties are to inspect their equipment before they cut down the trees, cut trees using equipment like felling machines and hand held chainsaws, then collect and separate trees for processing depending on species age etc. Source: Bls.gov
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Noel Griffith, Ph.D.
Noel Griffith in Doctor of Philosophy with a strong interest in educational research. He has been an editor-in-chief of CareersWiki.com since 2014. Noel is an avid reader (non-fiction), enjoys good food, live theatre, and helping others make wiser career decisions.

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