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The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

How risky is your occupation? We all have complaints about our job on occasion; but some may have more reason to be concerned than most.

In 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,250 work-related fatalities, a 2% increase from 2017. “While no job is completely free of risk, most jobs are relatively safe. Yet there are quite a few professions that are far more dangerous, and where the risk of dying is more than 10 times higher compared to the average American occupation.” (USAToday.com)

Following are the 2018 ten “most dangerous jobs in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest annual report of fatal occupational injuries.” (MoneyTalksNews.com)

10. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Fatality rate: 20.2 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Falls, slips, trips (often work from elevated positions)

9.   First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Fatality rate: 21 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Transportation accidents (i.e. motor vehicle accidents)

8.   Structural iron and steel workers

Fatality rate: 23.6 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality:  Falls, slips, trips

7.   Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Fatality rate: 24.7 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Transportation incidents

6.   Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

Fatality rate: 26 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Transportation incidents (often spend hours on the road hauling cargo)

5.   Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Fatality rate: 44.3 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Transportation incidents

4.   Roofers

Fatality rate: 51.5 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Falls, slips, trips

3.   Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Fatality rate: 58.9 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Transportation incidents

2.   Fishers and related fishing workers

Fatality rate: 77.4 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Transportation incidents

 1.   Logging workers

Fatality rate: 97.6 per 100,000 workers

Most common cause of fatality: Contact with objects and equipment

Even with the dangers these workers face every day, most of the jobs on this list only have a median annual wage of $41,000 or less. “The danger these jobs pose, coupled with the low pay, have made many of these occupations some of the least desirable professions in the country.”

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