Whether you love work or dread the average workday, you always hope you’ll return home safe and sound. Sadly, this is not the case for far too many workers. The recently released National Census of 2017 Fatal Occupational Injuries sheds light on daily dangers in a variety of professions. The following are among the most deadly:
1. Commercial Fishing
Deadliest Catch might be more than a mere reality show; turns out, commercial fishing is as dangerous as it appears on television. In 2017, it topped the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of dangerous professions. Common dangers in commercial fishing include hydraulic machinery, coil lines, and slippery decks that can prompt devastating falls.
The BLS cited a 2017 fatal injury rate of 84.3 per 100,000 for full-time logging workers, versus just 3.5 per 100,000 across all industries. In past years, however, the fatal injury rate in logging has reached over 130 per 100,000 workers. Loggers deal with harsh terrain, dangerous equipment, and the constant risk of falling objects.
3. Aircraft Pilots
The primary danger of working as a pilot is not what you think: pilots and flight engineers largely suffer due to overexertion. Of course, pilots also face all of the expected risks of flying, with far too many succumbing in accidents.
Falls may seem to be the most obvious source of injury for roofers, but they are also vulnerable to several other risks. Examples include injuries from falling debris, chemical burns, and even electrocution upon being exposed to power lines. Thankfully, ongoing training and other worker safety efforts have led to a notable decrease in fatalities, despite increased employment opportunities in the wake of the recent housing boom.
5. Recyclable Material Collectors
It’s no question that recycling benefits the environment, but sometimes this comes at great personal cost to workers. From small scrap yards to vast sorting and composting plants, facilities often offer meager pay in exchange for dangerous conditions. A notable FairWarning analysis of OSHA data suggests that scrap yards and other recycling facilities receive 80 percent more citations per inspection than the average across a range of other worksites.
The average steelworker deals with strenuous work conditions, and often, long hours. Heavy machinery can cause a variety of injuries, even when safeguards are in place. Workers also risk exposure to toxins (potentially leading to chemical burns) and falls on uneven walkways.
7. Truck Drivers
Truck drivers may not suffer the highest fatality rate, but given the size of the industry, the profession sees far more annual fatalities than those typically thought of as more dangerous. The BLS cited 987 deaths among sales drivers and truck drivers in 2017 — a rate of 26.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers.
Farmers are more likely to die on the job than firefighters or police officers. Those lucky enough to live through tractor accidents or pesticide exposure may face a lifetime of suffering, with ensuing physical ailments and mental health issues making it difficult for agricultural professionals to eke out a living.
9. Landscaping Supervisors
Interestingly enough, the 2017 BLS list of most dangerous professions didn’t cite actual landscapers or groundskeeping workers, but rather, their supervisors. Those involved in management typically travel significant distances between job sites, leaving them at risk of vehicle accidents.
10. Power-Line Installers
Life as a power-line installer isn’t pretty: workers regularly succumb to falls, electrocution, and even strangulation. As in many of the professions highlighted above, power-line installers are also likely to suffer vehicle accidents.
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