The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America



Jobs you would expect to be at the top of the list like police and firefighters don’t even crack the top 10!

Here is a list of America’s 10 most dangerous. 

10. Construction Workers

The construction industry accounts for the majority of workplace deaths with 775 work related fatalities in 2012. Still, on a per capita basis, construction is the safest of the 10 most dangerous jobs, responsible for only 9.5 deaths per 100,000 laborers. 

9. Farmers, Ranchers, Agricultural Managers

It’s no secret that working with heavy farm equipment leads to a disproportionate amount of industrial mishaps. Farmers and ranchers were responsible for 216 work associated fatalities in 2012, adding up to 21.3 deaths per 100,000 laborers. 

8. Transportation

Seeing that the most frequent cause of work associated deaths is due to transportation, it is no surprise that truckers, traveling salespeople, and taxi drivers incur 22.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. Moreover, this death total is almost seven times more than the average injury rate in all industries. 

7. Electrical Power Line Installers and Repair Personnel 

Handling live wires is dangerous work. Workers repairing electric lines are frequently on the job during bad weather conditions. Fatalities are 23 in 100,000. 

6. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Exposure to hazardous materials and heavy equipment along with picking up trash and recyclables makes this job fatality rate 27.1 per 100,000 workers. 

5. Structural Iron and Steel Workers

Throwing burning metal and dangling from tall buildings while fusing steel beams together, makes this job one of America’s most dangerous professions. Deaths account for 37 of every 100,000 workers. 

4. Roofers

The construction industry is in the top four of fatal professions in America; however, being a roofer is the most dangerous of all. Roofing is responsible for 40.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. 

3. Pilots and Flight Engineers

This has more to do with private or “non-scheduled” flights than commercial airline travel, so there’s no need to panic. Pilots are more prone to dying in a private plane accident than a commercial one. The industry accounts for 53.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. 

2. Fishing

Fishing is a perilous occupation that requires going into dangerous waters. Fishing transportation incidents are responsible for nearly all deaths with 117 people per 100,000 losing their lives.
1. Logging

Logging takes the number one spot as the most dangerous job in America. Deaths account for 128 for every 100,000 workers. Deaths are usually the result of contact injuries, saws, and falling trees.

If you have a partnership associated with a dangerous profession, contact Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP for valuable information.
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