What are the riskiest jobs? Police officer? Firefighter? Soldier? Nope. The most dangerous jobs are not what you might think. According to FinancesOnline.com, many of the jobs with the highest fatality rates are in the trades.
These are the Top 10 most dangerous occupations, based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in the U.S. They’re ranked by deaths per 100,000 workers.
Does risk come with reward? Not always. Many of the jobs in the top ten don’t even pay that well.
10. Construction Worker
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 17.4
The job: build things
The hazards: heavy equipment, power tools, heights
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9. Farmers, Ranchers
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 21.3
The job: agricultural operations
The hazards: heavy equipment, angry animals
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8. Truck Drivers, Travelling Sales People
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 22.1
The job: transport goods, sell on the road
The hazards: road accidents, exhaustion
7. Power Line Workers
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 23.0
The job: inspect, repair, install electrical infrastructure
The hazards: electricity, heights
6. Trash and Recycling Collectors
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 27.1
The job: collect, compact, move trash
The hazards: hazardous materials, heavy equipment, road accidents
5. Iron and Steel Workers
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 37.0
The job: cast, set, handle metal constructions
The hazards: height, heavy materials, welding
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 40.5
The job: build, fix roofs
The hazards: heights, heat stroke
3. Pilots, Flight Engineers
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 53.4
The job: fly aircraft
The hazards: crashes, especially during takeoff and landing
2. Fishery workers
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 117.0
The job: catch and process fish
The hazards: drowning, heavy equipment
Fatalities per 100,000 workers: 127.8
The job: cut down and transport trees
The hazards: falling trees, heavy equipment, dangerous environment
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