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List of the Top 10 Deadliest Jobs in the United States
What do you think is the most dangerous job that you could do in the United States? If you’re particularly afraid of dying on the job then fishing is the industry that you really want to stay away from since it's at the top of the list of deadliest jobs. People in jobs related to fishing are 35 times more likely to die than the average non-fisherman according to recent statistics. Curious about what other jobs are most likely to be fatal?
Here is the top ten list for the deadliest jobs in theUnited States:
3. Pilots / Flight Engineers.
4. Structural Iron and Steel Workers.
5. Farming / Ranching.
6. Garbage Collector / Recyclables Collector.
8. Installers and Repairmen Working on Electrical Power Lines.
9. Truck Drivers
10. Coal Mining.
Some of these jobs have obvious risks. After all, if you’respending all of your time working on roofs or working with electrical power lines then you are running into some risks in your daily job. However, other jobs on the list might not have made it to the forefront of your mind. After all, how often do you think about garbage collectors dying on the job? It turns out that it happens far more often than you might have thought.
It should be pointed out that even for these people,however, death on the job is unlikely. Less than .004 percent of people die each year due to injuries sustained on the job. It’s less than .001 percent oft he workers in the majority of jobs on this list.
However, it’s also notable that this list represents only those people who die on the job. There are many jobs that don’t result in a high number of fatalities but do result in a very large number of serious injuries. These jobs are dangerous to do even if they aren’t actually considered the deadliest jobs in the world.
And there’s another reason for workers in these fields to be concerned. The rates of death in some of these industries is on the rise. Statistics show that from 2007 to 2008 there was a six percent increase in the number of job-related deaths in the fishing and logging industries, the two deadliest jobs on the list. In contrast,some industries (such as coal mining and trucking) have increased regulations in recent years leading to a corresponding decrease in the number of job-related deaths.
The lesson to be learned here is that some jobs are more dangerous than others. People who are working in dangerous jobs such as those that use heavy machinery and other risky equipment are people who should be particularly careful on the job.
It’s also worth considering if the risk is worth the reward. A chart showing the pay rates of these deadly jobs reveals that fishermen and loggers earn less than a fourth of what pilots earn even though their jobs are considered to be deadlier. In fact, pilots tend to earn at least twice what anyone else on the list is earning. Pay-offs should be taken into consideration when pursuing risky careers!
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