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Work-Related Injuries

Jan 17, 2017

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In 2015, there were more than 4800 fatal work-related injuries in America not counting active members of the U.S. armed forces. As reported by CNBC, 10 industries in particular experienced the highest rates of death per 100 thousand workers. Most of these jobs are filled by men.

According to government data, the most dangerous jobs for men are in logging. The fatal injury rate among loggers was slightly more than 132 per 100,000 people, making logging the most dangerous industry in America by far.

The second most dangerous occupation are fishermen, with a fatal injury rate of about 55 per 100,000.  Other dangerous occupational categories include roofers, refuse collectors, structural iron and steel workers, truck drivers, farmers, electrical power-line installers and repairers, and landscaping supervisors.  One might think that improving technology and better safety practices would be leading to generally safer workplaces. But that’s not what the data say. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal work injuries for civilian workers rose from 2014 to 2015.