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The Most Dangerous Jobs In America

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According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), men and women who work in transportation and material moving are at the highest risk for fatal injury while at work. In 2016, there were 1,388 fatal accidents in this industry in the United States. 

Closely following transportation and material moving as one of the riskiest jobs in the U.S. is construction work. The BLS reports that 970 fatal workplace accidents occurred in the building trades in 2016. 

If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you have rights that you should be made aware of. Please call Lee Injury Law at 803-500-000 to schedule a free consultation and learn how our experienced Columbia SC workers’ compensation lawyers can help.

Jobs with the Highest Risk of Fatal Injury

Data gathered by the BLS shows that the 10 deadliest industries in America are:

  • Transportation and material moving
  • Construction and extraction
  • Service
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Management, business, and financial operations
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry
  • Professional and related
  • Sales and related
  • Production
  • Office and administrative support

Within these, the 10 most dangerous jobs during the fiscal year 2016 were:

  • Logging – 135.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Fishing workers – 86 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers – 55.5 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Roofers – 48.6 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors – 31 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Structural iron and steel workers – 25.1 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Driver/sales worker and truck driver – 24.7 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers – 23.1 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • First-line supervisors of construction and extraction workers – 18 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers
  • Grounds maintenance workers – 17.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers

Within these occupations, the BLS reports that men accounted for 93% of all fatal workplace accident victims. 5.8 males per 100,000 workers sustained a fatal injury at work in 2016. For women, the rate was 0.6 to every 100,000 workers, accounting for 7% of all fatal workplace accident victims.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed while at work, our Columbia workplace injury attorneys can help. Please take a moment to contact us using the form on our website or by calling our office to schedule a free consultation and learn more.

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