The revised figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2014 have been released, and they include some troubling facts. In 2014, there were a total of 4,821 workplace-related deaths, the highest annual total since 2008. The overall national fatal injury rate amounted to 3.4 deaths per 100,000 full-time-equivalent employees. It’s the first rise in the injury rate since 2010.
The BLS numbers provide us with two workplace figures: which occupations result in the greatest number of fatalities and which occupations have the highest rates of fatalities. We need to examine the differences among the data to determine the top 10 most dangerous occupations.
At first glance, it would appear that transportation workers—everyone from long-haul truckers to salespeople driving within their territory to local delivery persons—have the riskiest job. At 1,984 deaths, you’d be justified in considering this an extremely risky occupation.
However, because transportation employs many thousands of workers, the rate of fatalities is not as high as the rates for other occupations. We will be compiling our Top 10 list based on rate of fatalities, not the number of fatalities.
Some interesting things to note before we get to the list:
The figures quoted are from the BLS for 2014. The most dangerous occupations, based on rate of fatalities, are:
The occupations landing in the slots just beyond the Top Ten (and these change position from year to year) include construction workers, police officers, general maintenance and repair workers, groundskeepers, electricians, fire fighters, and bus and truck mechanics.
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