The Deadliest Job Isn’t What You Think

As previous posts on workplace fatalities have reported, fishing, logging, farming, and aircraft piloting rank as the most dangerous jobs in America. Yet these rankings are based on the percentage of workers killed each year, and since the total number of employees in these industries is low (compared to other sectors), they are not the deadliest jobs in the U.S. in terms of sheer number of deaths. That notorious distinction goes to driving.

Work-related car accidents

Work Related Car Accidents

Truck drivers, sales representatives, and other vehicle-based workers had 683 fatal injuries in 2001, according to this etraining infographic based on reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number is greater than the four jobs mentioned above (deadliest by percentage of workers killed) combined. If you have been injured in a car accident while on the clock for your job, and another party is at fault for your accident, you are likely eligible to receive additional compensation from the negligible party. Contact a third party claim attorney for a free consultation.

“Hopefully, this helps put into perspective the importance of safety at the workplace,” eTraining wrote on its blog. Indeed, the infographic does more than list the deadliest occupations; it also provides a conveys a wealth of useful information about workplace fatalities, such as geographic regions where most employees are killed, the gender most at risk (men, not surprisingly); and the most common ways that workers fall to their death.

Workplace Fatality Info-graphic

Workplace Fatality Infographic

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Another figure that may come as a surprise to many is that workplace deaths have actually fallen significantly since the early 1990s. The Labor Department shows 4,547 victims in 2010, compared with 6,217 twenty years earlier. According to some studies, OSHA regulations and random workplace inspections have made all of us safer (see Science magazine’s story, “It’s Official: Random Inspections Improve Workplace Safety”). Yet others disagree with this interpretation, citing the decline of industrialization and manufacturing in the U.S. Workers’ compensation attorneys suggest that the decline has resulted from a combination of these factors Whatever the cause, our workplaces are, on a whole, safer today than they were 20 years ago.


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