The most dangerous jobs in America

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 11:18 p.m. MDT

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*Current fatal work injury rate: 17.4

Total number of fatal injuries in 2012: 210.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries in the private construction sector saw a 5 percent increase in 2012.

*Per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

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I am a bit confused. Construction is one of the ten -- then they go on to also count roofers, structural iron workers -- ? I would think those are part of "construction".


Yep. Each of these dangerous occupations is also dominated by men. I wish, wish, wish that those who so ardently push for adequate female representation on corporate boards and C-level occupations would put time into rectifying the even greater imbalance among occupations like these here. Why are we so heartless and discriminating against women? We need more education and affirmative action programs to show women what they're missing out as "power line repairers" in an ice storm; the adrenaline of nearly losing a limb as a "logging worker", and the exciting daily travel of a "refuse collector."

Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, logit, that was a bizarre response.

Breadth and Depth
Salt Lake City, UT

logit has it right. Enjoying the benefits of the workplace should be equally distributed with the liabilities of the workplace among ALL, and NOT just a select privileged few groups that have been singled out for protection. With veterans it is exactly the opposite as with females logit mentioned. Equal opportunity for veterans is considered in compliance if the number of veterans is proportional over the entire employment cross section. Although I ran into one federal contractor that stated to an ignorant DoLabor investigator that hiring one veteran out of 8,000 employees was complying with the law. Yet veterans, as an average cross section of society, are stuffed into the bottom tiers and the most risky sectors of the employment ranks, and not equally distributed among ALL employment ranks. Employment regulations implementing employment laws are used to oppress sectors of the employment pool that are marginalized, and yet do not rise to the level of a national movement. This approach I think is called "unequal opportunity," and is not protected by the Constitution. We as a people, and our government, are delusional if we think employment law has been made "equal opportunity."

Provo, UT

Yet, the police continue to abuse their authority under "officer safety" even though their job isn't even in the top ten most dangerous.

Salt Lake City, UT


Construction Laborers (#10) are a sub-group of construction, much like ironworkers, electricians, roofers, etc. These are the people who you often see at construction sites performing housekeeping activities, directing traffic, or performing other general job site tasks that do not fall under one of the other trades.

The way they are categorized is a bit confusing. Hopefully this cleared up a bit of confusion.

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