deadliest jobs in americaThe top 10 deadliest jobs in America have been delineated in a report released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries with 4,383 deaths occurring in 2012.  The types of events that involved fatal work injuries include:

  • Transportation incidents: 41 %
  • Violence and other injuries by persons or animals: 17 %
  • Contact with objects and equipment: 16 %
  • Falls, slips, and trips: 15 %
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments: 7 %
  • Fires and explosions: 3 %

The report determined the top 10 deadliest jobs in America by basing the number of deaths per 100,000 workers. The results are as follows:

  1. Logging workers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 127.8
    Total fatalities in 2012: 62
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 97
    Median pay in 2012:$33,630 per year
  2. Fishers and related fishing workers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 117
    Total fatalities in 2012: 32
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 53
    Median pay in 2012:$33,430 per year
  3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 53.4
    Total fatalities in 2012: 71
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 232
    Median pay in 2012: $98,410 per year
  4. Roofers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 40.5
    Total fatalities in 2012: 70
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 346
    Median pay in 2012: $35,290 per year
  5. Structural iron and steel workers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 37
    Total fatalities in 2012: 22
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 119
    Median pay in 2012: $46,140 per year
  6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 27.1
    Total fatalities in 2012: 26
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 192
    Median pay in 2012: $22,970 per year
  7. Electrical power-line installers and repairer
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 23
    Total fatalities in 2012: 26
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 226
    Median pay in 2012: $58,210 per year
  8. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 22.1
    Total fatalities in 2012: 741
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 6,703
    Median pay in 2012: $27,530 per year
  9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 21.3
    Total fatalities in 2012: 216
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 2,024
    Median pay in 2012: $69,300 per year
  10. Construction laborers
    Fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers: 17.4
    Total fatalities in 2012: 210
    Total hours worked in 2012 (millions): 2,410
    Median pay in 2012: $29,160 per year

Dangerous, high-risk jobs do not always pay more and pose a threat to thousands of workers every year. If you have been injured on the job or lost a loved one in a work related death, please contact Attorney Jim Brady and Associates, P.C. at: 508-660-8888 or visit us at: www.attorneyjimbrady.com.