USA Today has published a report listing 25 of the most dangerous jobs in the US.
When OSHA was established in 1970, there were 14,000 workplace fatalities that year. Since then, standards have improved and workplace fatalities have declined to less than 5,200 in 2016. Still, some jobs remain far more dangerous than others.
Today, the vast majority of working Americans are relatively safe in their work environment. Across all industries in both the public and private sectors, there were 3.6 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. For certain professionals, such as school teachers and administrators or writers and editors, mistakes almost never have physical ramifications, and workplace fatality rates hover just above zero.
In other industries, however, no matter how strict the safety standards put in place, there are always accidents and fatal errors. The majority of jobs on the list require frequent use of heavy equipment, close proximity to hazardous substances, or working in potentially dangerous environments.
The top 10 most dangerous jobs, together with their fatality rates per 100,000 workers in 2016 are:
10. Miscellaneous agricultural workers: 17.4;
9. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers: 18;
8. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers: 23.1;
7. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: 24.7;
6. Structural iron and steel workers: 25.1;
5. Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 34.1;
4. Roofers: 48.6;
3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 55.5;
2. Fishers and related fishing workers: 86.0; and
1. Logging workers: 135.9
According to the list, the job at no 25 is heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, with fatal injuries of 8.4 per 100,000 workers.
In several other jobs on this list, slips and falls account for a considerable share of deadly accidents. Roofers, structural iron and steelworkers, painters, repair workers, and construction laborers often work at great heights. For each of those jobs, falls accounted for at least one-third of deadly accidents in 2016.