Thursday, January 29, 2015

Logging is deadliest occupation in U.S.; several rural jobs have nation's highest fatality rates

Some of the most deadly jobs in the U.S. are primarily rural occupations, and logging workers have the deadliest job of all, Max Ehrenfreund reports for The Washington Post. Logging workers have a fatal occupation rate of nearly 90 deaths per every 100,000 full-time workers.

After logging, fishing related jobs are the second deadliest occupation, with about 77 deaths per every 100,000 full-time workers. Next was aircraft pilots and flight engineers; other extraction workers; roofers; refuse and recyclable material collectors; mining machine operators; drivers/sales workers and truck drivers; farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers; electrical power line installers and repairers; construction workers; taxi drivers and chauffeurs; maintenance and repair workers; grounds maintenance workers; police and sheriff's officers; painters, construction and maintenance; athletes, coaches, umpires; firefighters; electricians; and bus and truck mechanics. (Post graphic)

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs are most likely to be murdered on the job, with eight deaths per every 100,000 workers. Police and sheriff's officers were second, followed by food service managers; first-line supervisors retail sales workers; cashiers, construction workers; retail salespeople; and drivers/sales workers and truck drivers.

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