According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the national average fatality rate across all professions tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor is a mere 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers. But alarmingly, there are roughly two dozen occupations where that rate is many times higher than that, including one with a fatality rate of a staggering 530 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers.
To determine the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2021 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries from the BLS. Occupations are ranked according to the most annual fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. Employment data used to calculate fatalities and injuries per worker came from the BLS Employment Projections program for 2021. We excluded broad-categories of occupations and occupations with fewer than five reported fatalities in 2021.
High-risk professions include loggers, commercial divers, industrial fishers, and virtually any blue-collar role within the nation’s oil and gas fields. The list also encompasses lower-paying positions such as taxi drivers, tree pruners, and roofers, as well as jobs in various mechanical trades like farm equipment mechanics, power-line installers, and elevator repairers. (Also read, 18 hazardous jobs the US military pays extra for.)
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