Coal mining deaths were not in the top 10 jobs with the highest fatality rates, but the rate nearly doubled last year, jumping 84 percent to 49.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers, largely due to the Sago mine disaster that killed 12. A total of 47 fatalities were recorded in 2006, up from 22 in 2005.
Numerically, the occupation that produced the most deaths in 2006 was the massive construction industry. 1,226 workers died in construction accidents, for a 3 percent increase. Structural iron and steel workers died at a rate of 61 per 100,000.
Fishermen It was another tough year for fishermen in 2005; 48 died, up from 38 the year before. That made it the nation's most dangerous occupation in 2005, with a fatality rate of 118.4 per 100,000 - nearly 30 times higher than the rate of the average worker.
Loggers This group kept its tragic status as one of the most dangerous occupations by recording 80 deaths, a fatality rate of 90.2 per 100,000. That's an improvement from a year earlier, when there were 85 logging fatalities.
Flyers Flyers had a safer year, with their fatalities dropping nearly 26 percent to 81. That still was enough to qualify the profession as the third-most dangerous with a rate of 66.9 per 100,000.
The most dangerous industry in terms of total killed was construction, where 1,186 workers died. The rate of 11.0 per 100,000, however, trailed the agricultural segment (32.5 per 100,000), which included fishing and logging; mining (25.6 per 100,000); and transportation and warehousing (17.6 per 100,000), where many drivers died in traffic accidents.
There are several reasons why immigrants might hold riskier jobs than natives. First, immigrants might have different perceptions or knowledge of job risks than natives. Immigrants may perceive work-related risks differently than natives because job conditions in the United States may be less risky than those in some developing countries, for example. Immigrants might therefore be more willing than natives to take risky jobs because they do not perceive them as particularly dangerous. Research has not explicitly examined this hypothesis.
Immigrants work in riskier industries and occupations. The sample means in Table 1 indicate that the average industry injury rate for immigrant workers is about 8 injuries per 10,000 workers higher than among native workers, and the average occupation injury rate is 31 injuries per 10,000 workers higher. The average industry fatality rate among immigrant workers is about 1.8 deaths per 100,000 workers higher than among natives, and the average occupation fatality rate is almost 1.6 deaths per 100,000 workers higher. These differences are probably biased downward by underreporting of injuries in industries that employ large numbers of immigrants, as discussed above. Our exclusion of government workers, who are disproportionately native-born and whose jobs tend to be less risky (except for the armed forces), and the self-employed also likely leads to an underestimate of immigrant-native differences.
The regression results indicate that workers with worse English ability tend to be in riskier jobs. The difference is most notable for workers who speak no English. One result is somewhat puzzling: workers who speak English well but also speak another language hold less risky jobs than workers who speak only English at home. This result also appears in the raw sample means (Table 2). If we stratify the data by immigrant status, however, there is no significant difference in job injury and fatality rates between immigrants who speak only English at home and immigrants who speak English very well, controlling for other characteristics (not shown).12 Injury and fatality rates increase monotonically among immigrants as ability to speak English declines from very well to not at all.
Mothers, don't let your babies grow up to be loggers. Not onlyis logging the most dangerous profession in America, accounting for 128 deathsper 100,000 individuals, loggers are paid poorly for taking such big risks,according to FinancesOnline, a web site that looked at Bureau of LaborStatistics data to find the nation's most dangerous professions and theiraverage wages.
It's worth noting that the professions you'd expect to bedangerous -- police and firefighting -- don't make the top 10. Instead, thegovernment reports that the most lethal activity is "transportation." Fatal work-relatedaccidents involving cars, trucks, boats and planes accounted for a whopping 41 percent of the deaths in2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Of course,there are far more people engaged in professions that require time on the road,ranging from salesmen and truckers to taxi drivers, than there are peoplefelling trees, so the per capita death rate by driving is smaller even though the total number of deaths is far greater.
It's probably not surprising that working with heavy farmmachinery results in a disproportionate share of industrial accidents. Farmersand ranchers accounted for 216 work-related deaths in 2012, which adds up to21.3 deaths per 100,000 workers. Wages in this industry are the second highestof all the nation's most dangerous jobs, however, with annual pay averaging$73,700, according to FinancesOnline. But it is worth noting that risksvary dramatically based on the type of farming that's done. You are far morelikely to die on a cattle ranch (113 deaths in 2012) than a wheat farm (5deaths).
The polar vortex that closed roads and many businesses throughout the Midwest, East Coast and Canada earlier this month, set one group into high gear -- the cadreof electric line repair and installation workers who were charged withreturning power to tens of thousands of storm-ravaged utility customers. Working with livewires is dangerous enough. However, as crews in the sub-zero temperatures could attest, those repairing electric lines are often sent out during the worst weather conditions,when winter storms have felled power poles and ripped power lines away from theiranchors. The chance of death in this profession is 23 in 100,000, making it thenation's seventh most deadly occupation. Average wages: $62,300.
Casting burning metal and hanging off tall buildings whilewelding steel beams together helped make structural iron and steel workingamong the nation's most dangerous professions, accounting for 37 deaths forevery 100,000 workers. Fatal injuries in construction trades rose in 2012 forthe second year in a row. Average pay: $50,700.
The construction industry accounts for three of the mostfatal professions in the country, but no construction job is quite as dangerousas being a roofer. Roofing accounts for 40.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. Notsurprisingly, trips, slips and falls explain the vast majority of deaths.However, heat stroke also contributed to the fatalities in 2012. It's worthnoting that while construction deaths rose in 2012, the profession is far saferthan it was in 2006, when 41 percent more Americans died from work-related injuries in the construction industry than they did in 2012.Average pay for a roofer: $38,800 annually.
Before you panic about getting on a plane, realize thatthe bulk of deaths among aircraft pilots and flight engineers occur in "non-scheduled" flights of both freight and passengers. Translation: Pilots are far more likelyto die in a private plane than a commercial airliner. The profession accountsfor the third-highest per capita death rate, with 53.4 deaths per 100,000workers. However, it is also the highest paid of the nation's 10 most dangerousprofessions, with average annual pay of $128,800.
The year 2006 was a fascinating one, and Barbara Walters is looking back at the people who influenced, inspired, entertained and surprised us over the past 12 months. The list includes some of the year's most prominent names in entertainment, politics, sports and business.
Temporary, contracted, and online platform employment. Temporary agency workers often have higher fatal and nonfatal injury rates than do workers in standard jobs (Foley 2017; Julià et al. 2016; Smith et al. 2010). Similarly, studies of subcontracted employment have shown higher risks than in standard work (Kochan et al. 1994). Low-wage workers also tend to have higher injury rates. One study showed workers in low-income families had higher risk of injury, even accounting for industry and occupation (Dembe, Erickson, and Delbos 2004), another that people earning less than $50,000 per year reported a greater risk of injury than those with higher earnings (Fan et al. 2006).
Workers in temporary employment relationships are often subject to the same occupational hazards faced by others in the same work environments in standard employment relationships. In addition, these workers are likely to have little control over their work schedules or pace, may be hired only during periods of high demand, and have few social supports in the workplace. They may also have limited training in job tasks, job risks, and prevention of injury or adverse health exposures. They may not have access to personal protective equipment and training in its use. And, in some cases, they may be assigned to the most dangerous jobs (Mehta and Theodore 2006).
ProPublica reporters compared injury rates for jobs held by temporary workers with jobs held by regular employees, accounting for whether the jobs they held were particularly hazardous. For jobs with similar injury risk they found that the odds of injury for temporary workers were almost four times as high as for regular employees (Pierce, Larson, and Grabell 2013). 2b1af7f3a8