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The most dangerous jobs in America

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

Depending on what line of work you are in, you may face grave dangers every time you clock in. You may spend most of your day traveling in a large commercial truck or in areas where electrocution, exposure to chemicals or slipping and falling are dangers you face on a regular basis. Many occupations common throughout the United States involve some level of risk, but workers in certain industries face far more dangers in a typical workday than those in others.

The riskiest jobs in 2015

As has been the case for years, Time magazine reports that those who worked in logging, fishing and aviation in 2015 faced the highest level of on-the-job risk. The degree of risk was calculated by the number of deaths experienced per 100,000 American workers, with the logging profession seeing 132 deaths per 100,000 workers that year. Falling deaths, deaths resulting from falling trees and transportation-related deaths were just some of those affecting workers in the logging industry in 2015, with transportation-related deaths also common among commercial fisherman and those with related professions. Roofers, recycled materials collectors, iron and steel workers, truck drivers, farmers and ranchers, agricultural workers, and power line installers and repairers rounded out the top 10 on the list of most dangerous professions in the nation in 2015.

Age-related risks

Though the most dangerous jobs in America in 2015 were not strikingly dissimilar than those in years prior, on-the-job fatality statistics from the year also showed an increased level of risk for Americans over the age of 65. U.S. workers over 65 saw 9.4 deaths for every 100,000 in the workforce across all professions, which is about the same level of risk for electricians of all ages, an occupation widely considered among America’s more dangerous. Part of the rising death rate among seniors may be attributed to the fact that more seniors are forced to continue to work into old age, when they are more susceptible to slips and falls and other similar events and may also take longer to recover. Increased life expectancy may also be adding to the number of older Americans holding down jobs late in life.

Though not all work-related accidents result in death, many leave employees with physical and emotional scars that may require treatment for the remainder of their lives. If you have suffered because of an on-the-job injury or lost a loved one in a career-related accident, you may want to consult an attorney.