In 2014, 4,679 fatal injuries occurred on the job. Those performing one of the most dangerous occupations in the country are at a higher risk of workplace fatalities and injuries than others; are you at risk due to the nature of your job?
Who is at Risk?
While certain professions are inherently more dangerous than others, overall, workers age 65 and over appear to be at a higher risk than younger workers. In 2014, there were 10.2 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time employees in this age group; more than in any other group. Forty percent of all fatal workplace injuries occurring in 2014 were transportation-related.
Most Dangerous Occupations
The following occupations have the highest incidents of workplace injuries and fatalities, putting workers at great risk on the job.
For those working as fishers, the fatality rate per 1,000 employees is 60.36. Fishers work on lakes, oceans, or rivers, where weather conditions can increase danger on a moments notice.
Many agricultural workers utilize heavy machinery to perform various job tasks; this machinery is one of the greatest dangers in this line of work. In 2014, there were 26 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers in this occupational category.
Fallers and Tree Trimmers
Falling and tree trimming are related occupations which have a high rate of workplace injuries causing fatality. Equipment accidents, falls from machinery, and the natural hazard of falling trees and limbs put workers at risk.
Door-to-door salespersons are at greater risk of injury and fatality due to on-the-job safety hazards like traveling busy roadways.
The heights at which they work and the heavy materials utilized on the job puts roofers at risk of deadly falls.
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