The US’ 10 Most Dangerous Jobs


Despite increasing safety regulations—the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act lowered workplace deaths from 14,000 in 1970 to 5,200 in 2016—it seems some jobs will always be inherently dangerous. 24/7 Wall St looked at workplace fatality rates by occupation to rank the 25 most dangerous jobs in America. All 25 have death rates more than double the rate for all jobs—3.6 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers—and some have death rates that are more than 20 times higher. Here are the US’ 10 most dangerous jobs along with the number of workplace deaths per 100,000 full-time workers:

  • Logging workers: 135.9 deaths


  • Fishers and related fishing workers: 86 deaths
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 55.5 deaths
  • Roofers: 48.6 deaths

  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 34.1 deaths
  • Structural iron and steel workers: 25.1 deaths
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: 24.7 deaths
  • Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers: 23.1 deaths

  • First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers: 18 deaths
  • Miscellaneous agricultural workers: 17.4 deaths

Read the full list here for the most common accident in each occupation.

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