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10 Most Dangerous Jobs

It may go without saying that working as a Hollywood stuntman is a considerably more dangerous job than working as an accountant. However, many everyday jobs pose considerable health and safety risks, which can result in serious disability and even death.

Some of the most dangerous jobs may surprise you, while others you may have expected. Here are the 10 most dangerous jobs, based on the most recent fatality figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:


Opie and Andy Taylor apparently didn't get the message. But, then again, they enjoyed the sitting-on-the-shore variety of fishing, rather than the large-scale commercial variety that involves barges, large nets, and other industrial equipment.

Violent weather seems to be the primary culprit for workplace injuries and fatalities for corporate fishermen. Manufacturing equipment and accidents were also high on the list of causes for injuries.


It's easy to see why cutting down trees that are hundreds of feet tall, transporting thousands of pounds of wood, and using high-powered saws and other machinery would lead to some injuries. Workers are also vulnerable to risks from working in high altitudes and inclement weather.


Flying in a plane may be more safe than driving in a car for the average person who spends more time in a car and less in a plane - but not for pilots, who increase their odds of being involved in an accident by increasing their time in the air. Human error, malfunctioning machinery, and inclement weather were the primary reasons for injury and death.


Growing corn doesn't seem to be a particularly dangerous job - until you consider all the heavy machinery that is required to grow it, including tractors, harvesters, tillers, and more.

Besides injuries from heavy machinery, farmers also face injury from livestock run amok, becoming trapped inside silos, and breathing in fumes from chemicals sprayed on the crops.


Balancing on top of tall buildings in the blazing sun all day makes you pretty vulnerable to injuries like falls and heat stroke. Add in a strong wind, thunderstorms, and equipment like nail guns and saws and you increase your opportunities for injury exponentially.


Miners make it into the news all the time because they have been trapped by an explosion or collapse inside a mine shaft. They are either crushed under falling debris, or they are exposed to noxious gases and other fumes.

Safety regulations and training have reduced the number of workplace injuries, but mining is still an inherently dangerous job.

Sanitation Worker

Sure, picking up other people's trash is definitely a dirty job, but a dangerous job? Turns out the biggest threat to these workers is other drivers on the road. Many suffered injuries or even death when other drivers tried to pass them hurriedly on the road, either hitting them or the truck they were in.

Sometimes, hazardous waste and sharp materials can also lead to injuries.

Truck Driver

Spending a lot of time on the road greatly increases your chances of being in an accident and being injured. Truck drivers are especially vulnerable because they are driving large trucks that are heavy and are hard to maneuver on the road. They have limited sight distance and are unable to move or stop as quickly.

Drivers who are given unsafe vehicles or who are pushed to drive for long hours without rest are at additional risk.


Stuntmen make their living protecting other people. They are trained to do the dangerous tricks that would put the average person at significant risk for injury or death. But, sometimes, even with all that training, things go wrong.

Stuntmen are at risk of falls, broken bones and fractures, or serious injuries from vehicle crashes and fires.

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Police officers are routinely placed in dangerous situations. They have to chase suspects on foot or in their cars, and they are subject to being physically assaulted, stabbed, or even shot. Though they have the training and the equipment designed to keep them safe, they can't protect against all these risks.

Even if you don't work in one of these dangerous jobs, you may still suffer injuries on the job. If you have been injured at work, one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you! Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

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