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What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs In America?

There are plenty of jobs that put workers’ health at risk. Some professions are more of a health risk than others. You do not have to be working in a coal mine and be exposed to toxic chemicals to be in one of the riskiest jobs in America. Some professions that you would never think of as being risky are rife with health risks.

Near The Top of the List Are Roofers

It stands to reason that roofing work comes with a tremendous health risk. Roofers are often part of home remodeling. They carry large weights up and down ladders, stand on roofs that are unsafe, and often have to deal with other safety risks.

Winds, rain, slippery surfaces, and faulty ladders are all risks that roofers have to face each day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 5,000 roofing-related incidents that required an emergency room visit and about 296 fatalities for 2020 in the roofing industry. Falls are the number one health risk for roofers.

Roofers are not the only exterior home improvement workers that are at serious health risk. Replacing windows is a favored home improvement activity because of energy savings. According to the EPA, homeowners can cut energy bills by about 7% to 15%. Window installers have an accident rate of about 55 out of every 1,000 workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Slip and fall incidents were among the largest injury causes.

About 35% of home remodels were whole home renovations that required electricians and plumbers. Electricians are also in the high health risk category of professions. About 4,000 electricians are injured every year either through slip and fall accidents or by electrocution. Of those 4,000, about 210 are fatalities.

On The Road

A big risk to health is being on the road and driving. The National Safety Council reports that about 42,060 people died on the road in 2020 and a whopping 4.8 million people were injured. The more time you spend on the road the greater the risk.

Truck drivers, delivery personnel, and anyone else that is tasked with driving on the roads in their profession is at a much greater risk of injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 there were over 80,000 injuries in the transportation field.

Fishers and The Fishing Industry

People that fish for a living are at significant risk of injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 77 out of 100,000 fatalities in fishing industries each year. Equipment injuries and transportation injuries are the leading causes of injuries in this industry.

Logging Industry

Logging is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. Anyone working in the logging industry is 28 times more likely to experience a work-related industry than all other professions combined.

Most injuries in this field are related to equipment, slips and falls, and transportation.

Agricultural Workers and Farmers

Faming and agricultural workers are exposed to many chemicals that are a health risk. Additionally, working with farm equipment often results in injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, farm injuries are at a rate of about 27 per 10,000 workers. Fatalities each year are about 100. These statistics do not include health conditions that were caused by using agricultural chemicals.

Refuse Collectors

Most people do not think of refuse collection and recycling as a dangerous field, but it is. This profession makes the top ten risky professions list by the Department of Labor. About 44 out of 10,000 workers are fatally injured each year on the job in the refuse recycling profession.

Safety Precautions

Government organizations like OSHA are tasked with monitoring workplaces to improve worker safety. Regulations and recommendations are put in place to protect the health of workers. Employers and employees working together with these government agencies can improve safety across the board.