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The Most Dangerous Occupations in the U.S.


We all know that some jobs are inherently dangerous. Certain occupations on the job market carry some pretty heavy risks of injury, usually for an unfortunately low level of compensation. On-the-job injuries are much more common than most people think, with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reporting that nearly 5,000 workers were killed in workplace accidents in 2014. But which jobs carry the highest risk of injury? The answers may be surprising.

According to an April 2015 report released by the U.S. Department of Labor compiling workplace fatality data from 2006 to 2013, the top 15 deadliest occupations, in order, are as follows:

  1. Fishing
  2. Logging
  3. Aircraft pilot
  4. Extraction
  5. Iron and steel working
  6. Roofing
  7. Garbage collecting
  8. Farming and ranching
  9. Commercial driving
  10. Power line installation and repair
  11. Agricultural occupations
  12. Construction laborer
  13. Taxi driver or chauffeur
  14. Police officer
  15. Construction manager

Surprisingly, traditionally risky jobs such as firefighters and medical personnel did not make this list, as they are statistically less likely to die on the job than landscape contractors, electricians, industrial machinery workers, welders, and maintenance workers – all of whom rank lower than the top 15 most deadly occupations. Garbage collecting is perhaps the most surprising job to be included on this list, as garbage collecting-related deaths are roughly four times more common than those involving firefighters and security guards, according to Bloomberg.

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