Posted on February 01, 2019 in Workers Compensation
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary for 2017. According to the report, there were 5,147 fatal work injuries in the U.S. that year, slightly less than in 2016 when there were 5,190. Despite the decrease, 2017’s annual total was still one of the highest in the last decade. The BLS report identifies the most common types of fatal incidents as well as the most dangerous jobs in the country.
While workers can be fatally injured in almost any job, certain occupations come with a higher risk. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), occupations with high rates of fatalities typically involve working from dangerous heights, frequent contact with dangerous machinery, or driving for long periods.
Fatal Injury Rates and Totals
The BLS report includes the total number of worker deaths for each occupation, as well as the fatal injury rate, which is the number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent worker. According to the report, the most dangerous jobs for 2017 include:
Fishers and related fishing workers: These workers suffered 41 fatal injuries, most commonly due to transportation incidents. The fatal injury rate was 100.
Logging workers: There were 55 fatal injuries for this occupation and the fatal injury rate was 87.3. The most common cause of fatal injuries was contact with objects and equipment.
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: Transportation incidents were the most common type of fatal accidents in this industry. There were 59 total fatal injuries and a fatal injury rate of 51.3.
Roofers: In this high-risk occupation, there were 91 fatal injuries and a fatal injury rate of 45.2. Slip and falls were the main cause of roofer deaths.
Refuse and recyclable material collectors: These workers had a fatal injury rate of 34.9 and 30 fatal injuries during 2017. Transportation incidents were again the leading cause of workplace deaths.
Structural iron and steel workers: Slip and falls were the main cause of this industry’s 14 fatalities. The fatal injury rate was 33.3.
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: The fatal injury rate for this occupation was 26.9, but due to the large number of workers in this industry, there were 987 fatal injuries. Transportation accidents were a major cause.
Other dangerous jobs mentioned in the report include:
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
Supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
Electrical power-line installers and repairers
Miscellaneous agricultural workers
Supervisors of construction and extraction workers
Construction trade helpers
Maintenance and repair workers
Grounds maintenance workers
Supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
Operating engineers and construction equipment operators
Mining machine operators
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
Athletes, coaches, and umpires
Painters, construction, and maintenance workers