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Injury and death: 34 most dangerous jobs in America

All professions are important, all professions are needed. But some of them are not safe. To identify the most dangerous, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics documented how many people died at work in 2019 for every 100 people. The results were shared by the publication Business Insider.

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In each of these occupations, the fatal injury rate exceeds the national average for all workers of 3,5 per 100 full-time equivalent workers.

Overall, the largest number of fatal work-related injuries occurred as a result of traffic accidents - 2122 in 2019. Falls, slipping and stumbling; violence or other injury from people or animals; Contact with objects and equipment were other leading causes of workplace deaths.

34 deadliest professions in America

34. Pipelayers, plumbers and fitters
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 6,1
33. Workers for the installation, repair and maintenance of industrial equipment
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 6,4
32. Athletes, coaches, referees and related employees
  • What they do: take part in sports competitions, instruct or train groups or individuals in the basics of sports, or judge athletic or sports competitions.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 6,5
31. Mechanics and installers of heating, conditioning and cooling systems
  • What they do: install or repair heating, central air conditioning or refrigeration systems.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 6,8
30. Technicians and mechanics of car service
  • What they do: diagnose, adjust, repair automobile vehicles.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 6,8
29. Guards and Surveillance Officers
  • What they do: guard, patrol or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence or violation of rules.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 6,8

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28. Industrial drivers and tractor drivers
  • What they do: operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, warehouse, factory, construction site, or similar location.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 7,0
27. Electricians
  • What they do: install, maintain and repair electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 7,2
26. Painters (construction and maintenance)
  • What they do: paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges and other structural surfaces.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 7,5
25. Bus and truck mechanics, diesel engine specialists
  • What they do: diagnose, regulate, repair buses and trucks, and service and repair any type of diesel engine.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 7,7
24. Installers and repairers of telecommunication lines
  • What they do: install and repair telecommunication cables.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 7,8
23. Carpenters
  • What they do: build, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 7,9
22. Route taxi drivers and taxi drivers
  • What they do: drive cars, vans and limousines to transport passengers.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 8,0
21. Welders and plumbers
  • What they do: use equipment for manual welding, gas cutting, manual soldering.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 8,1
20. Police and patrol officers
  • What they do: maintain order and protect life and property by complying with local, tribal, state, or federal laws and regulations.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 11,1
19. Chiefs of the first level for landscaping, lawn maintenance and maintenance of adjacent territories
  • What they do: directly control and coordinate the activities of workers engaged in landscape design or maintenance of personal plots.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 12,6
18. Engineers-operators and operators of other construction equipment
  • What they do: operate one or more types of construction equipment.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 12,8
17. Installers and repairmen of power lines
  • What they do: install or repair cables or wires used in power supply or distribution systems.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 13,3
16. General maintenance and repair workers
  • What they do: perform work requiring the skills of two or more maintenance or craft professionals to repair machinery, mechanical equipment, or plant structure.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 13,4
15. Handymen
  • What they do: this profession name includes workers who extract resources but do not have their own profession name.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 14,3
14. Chiefs of mechanics, fitters and repairmen
  • What they do: directly control and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers and repairmen.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 14,6
13. Construction workers
  • What they do: perform tasks related to manual labor at construction sites.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 15,0
12. Heads of construction specialties
  • What they do: directly supervise and coordinate the activities of construction workers.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 18,7
11. Miscellaneous agricultural workers
  • What they do: work on farms or other agricultural enterprises.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 19,8
10. Territory maintenance workers
  • What they do: take care of the property using hand or power tools and equipment.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 19,8

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9. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers
  • What they do: plan, direct or coordinate the management or operation of farms or other agricultural enterprises.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 23,2
8. Workers for the production of metal structures
  • What are they doing: lifts, places and combines iron or steel beams, columns and other structural elements to form complete structures or structural frames.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 26,3
7. Sales and Truck Drivers
  • What they do: drive a truck or other vehicle along specified routes or within a designated area and sell or deliver goods.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 26,8
6. Garbage and recyclables
  • What they do: collect and empty garbage or recyclable materials from containers into a truck.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 35,2
5. Construction site assistants
  • What they do: help builders at construction sites.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 40,0
4. Roofers
  • What are they doing: cover the roofs of buildings with tiles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood and other materials.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 54,0
3. Pilots and flight engineers
  • What they do: pilot and fly multi-engine aircraft (usually on scheduled air carrier routes) to transport passengers and cargo.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 61,8
2. Logging workers
  • What are they doing: use mechanized equipment or hand tools to cut trees.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 68,9
1. Anglers and hunters
  • What they do: use nets, rods, traps or other equipment to catch and collect fish and other animals.
  • Fatal injury rate (per 100 full-time workers): 145,0

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