The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published information on work-related deaths in 2011, highlighting the three occupations with the highest fatality rates.
Many are surprised to learn that among fishermen killed on the job, rates have been cut nearly in half since 2009. Unfortunately, fishing remains the deadliest job in America. Most of these workers killed die from drowning, generally after a boat boat capsizes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Another group that suffers from high fatality rates are loggers; most who are killed on the job are crushed by a falling tree or are killed by logging machinery. Farmers and ranchers, on the other hand, run the highest risk of being killed by vehicle accidents or tractor accidents.
Pilots also face high mortality rates; most are in propeller-driven planes, and so the most common pilot killed at work is flying a crop duster rather than a commercial jet.
Many are surprised to learn that firefighters are actually less likely to be killed on the job than the average American worker. This may be due to lower rates of structural fires, and more firefighters using their seat belts, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. More than one in three firefighters killed in 2011 were caused by fires or explosions, but a quarter occurred from traffic accidents.
Cashiers rarely die on the job, yet when they do it’s overwhelming because of homicide.
Among those who are least likely to die on the job, business and finance staff are the safest. When these workers are killed on the job, the majority of the time it is due to transportation accidents.
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