The Top 10 Deadliest Jobs in America

All over America, people put themselves in the line of danger on a daily basis in order to make a living. Some of the most common jobs are the ones that are the most treacherous to work. Across the country, the rate of occupational fatalities is 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers. However, many deaths are unrelated to the work itself; four in 10 workplace deaths in 2009 took place while driving. Additionally, another 18% involved assaults and homicide. However despite these facts, there are some professions that statistically stand above the rest as the most dangerous to work. While miners and cops put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis, it is the commonly mundane jobs such as farming and roofing that statistically workers have more to worry about.

According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the following were the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America in 2009.

10. Construction LaborersPerforming tasks involving physical labor while doing building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites, their use of heavy power tools and exposure to hazardous materials contribute to the danger of this job.

    Fatal Injury Rate: 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 224 

9. Drivers, including Salesman and Truck Operators – Truck drivers travel long distances for many hours, increasing the likelihood of highway accidents.

    Fatal injury rate: 18.3 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 586 

8. Industrial Machinery Worker – Industrial workers include installers, maintenance workers and repairmen who dangerously deal with large scale machinery.

    Fatal injury rate: 18.5 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 81

7. Sanitation Workers – Despite a crackdown on safety measures in 2006, garbage men and recycle collectors are still exposed to harmful chemicals and extremely dangerous machinery.

    Fatal injury rate: 25.2 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 19

6. Iron and Steel Workers – Despite the use of harnesses and scaffolding, iron and steel workers are still at great risk because of the extreme heights they work at.

    Fatal injury rate: 30.3 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 18

5. Roofers – The main hazards of this occupation include falls from ladders, scaffolding, and roofs.

    Fatal injury rate: 34.7 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 60

4. Farmers and Ranchers – Although it sounds like a mundance job, their exposure to harmful chemicals and heavy machinary put farmers and ranchers at great risk every day they work.

    Fatal injury rate: 38.5 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 293

3. Pilots and Flight Engineers – The most dangerous areas of the pilot profession include test pilots who fly experimental planes, crop-dusters who may be exposed to harmful chemicals, and those who operate rescue helicopters.

    Fatal injury rate: 57.1 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 63

2. Logging Workers – The contributing factors to the dangers of logging include bad weather, falling branches, and their use of heavy machinery in their line of work.

    Fatal injury rate: 61.8 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 34

1. Fisherman – Anyone who has seen TLC’s Deadliest Catch can recognize the dangers of being a fisherman. The risks include getting tangled in fishing nets or other gear, falling overboard, or experiencing a medical emergency but being major distances from help.

    Fatal injury rate: 200 deaths per 100,000 workers

    Total deaths: 56


These numbers show the importance of both disability and life insurance. While some occupations are riskier than others, anybody can experience an accident at the workplace that could leave them or their family struggling not only emotionally but financially as well. Don’t let that happen to your loved ones! Call Spivey Insurance Group at 877-318-5951 or visit our website for more information on North Carolina life insurance and to receive an insurance quote today from one of our helpful and friendly agents. Don’t let your family down, get the coverage you need! 

View this short message from Chris Spivey to you.

CLICK HERE NOW To Ask Chris Any Question Or Get A Free Quote

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.