You come to work, punch in your timecard and...your safety is suddenly at risk? CNN recently compiled a list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here's what they found:
- Fisherman: TV shows like Deadliest Catch have certainly raised awareness about the harsh conditions that many fishermen work in. Part of this risk is due to working on the water, where Mother Nature reigns supreme. For every 100,000 fishermen, 121 will be killed on the job. Being thrown around on the boat, especially during storms, can also result in long-term injuries.
- Logger: The fact that loggers make the list probably isn't surprising, since most of their work involves heavy trees and chainsaws. Although most loggers are now protected in a cab, the industry is still a dangerous one.
- Airline Pilot: Alaska is responsible for many of the fatalities among pilots. Inexperienced pilots or those flying older planes sometimes cannot combat Alaska's challenging weather conditions and terrain.
- Sanitation Worker: Although this listing might surprise some, sanitation workers often interact with dangerous chemicals, machines designed to compress trash or other materials and have increased exposure to traffic and the elements due to hopping on and off trucks.
- Roofer: Falls post the greatest danger to roofers, but they also have an increased likelihood of injuries from fire, electric shock or heavy machinery, making this one of the most dangerous careers out there.
- Iron Worker: Structural collapses is one of the most common dangers iron workers face, as well as falls and electrocutions from contacts with power lines. Their fatality rate per 100,000 workers is 26.9.
- Farmer/Rancher: As you might guess, heavy machinery and vehicles are to blame for most fatalities in these fields. However, a significant amount of injuries and deaths are due to being kicked or thrown from horses.
- Truckers/Deliverymen: In 2011, 759 truckers died while on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the challenges for this industry is that the trucks must be in tip-top shape and drivers must receive adequate sleep and rest. In the hustle and bustle of shipping, sometimes corners are cut, putting drivers in a dangerous position.
- Electrical Power Line Repairmen: Falls and electrocution are the most likely suspects for these fatalities. Often the lines are worked on while "hot," so that service is not interrupted and sometimes protective apparel and equipment fails. Unpredictable placement of lines after storms is also a major hazard.
- Taxi Drivers: Obviously with the amount of time taxi drivers spend on the road their risk of car accident is significantly increased, taxi drivers are also at the mercy of their passengers. According to CNN, as crime rates lower, so do fatalities among cab drivers.
See your job listed?
If you see your job on this list, you may have an increased chance of being injured at work. Make sure you know how to file a worker's compensation claim.
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