Most Dangerous Jobs

According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3 employees out of every 100,000 are killed annually in a work-related incident in the United States. These 10 jobs have a significantly higher fatality rate than the national average:

1. Loggers

Loggers experienced 62 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 127.8 out of 100,000 workers, making it the most dangerous profession. Risks: Falls, struck-by, dangerous tools such as chainsaws and axes.

2. Fishermen

Fishermen and women experienced 117 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 117 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: drowning, struck by lightning, crushed by equipment.

3. Pilots and Flight Engineers

Pilots and flight engineers experienced 71 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 53.4 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Crashes.

4. Roofers

Roofers experienced 70 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 40.5 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Falls, struck-by, and heat.

5. Steel and Iron Workers

Steel and iron workers experienced 22 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 37 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Falls, struck-by, heat, crushed by materials.

6. Garbage Collectors

Garbage collectors experienced 26 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 27.1 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Dangerous machinery, crushed by equipment, struck-by, traffic accidents, struck by vehicle.

7. Power Utility Workers

Power utility workers experienced 26 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 23 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Electricity, falls.

8. Truck Drivers and Employees Who Drive for Work

Employees who drive for work – including truck drivers – experienced 741 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 22.1 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Traffic accidents, struck by vehicle, other drivers, construction zones, sleep deprivation, texting/talking while driving.

9. Agricultural Workers

Agricultural workers experienced 216 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 21.3 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Dangerous machinery, chemicals, heat.

10. Construction Workers

Construction workers experienced 210 fatalities in 2012 for a fatality rate of 17.4 out of 100,000 workers. Risks: Struck-by, falls at height and on level, heat, use of large equipment.