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Top 10 jobs with high death rates

Just how dangerous are the jobs at your company?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has just released its preliminary count of workplace fatalities for 2010.

The average rate of fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers is 3.5.

Keeping that in mind, here are the top 10 occupations with the highest fatality rates:

  1. fishers and related fishing workers: 116.0
  2. logging workers: 91.9
  3. aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 70.6
  4. farmers and ranchers: 41.4
  5. mining machine operators: 38.7
  6. roofers: 32.4
  7. refuse and recyclable material collectors: 29.8
  8. driver/sales workers and truck drivers: 21.8
  9. industrial machinery installation, repair and maintenance workers: 20.3, and
  10. police and sheriff’s patrol officers: 18.0.

The top industry sectors with fatalities are:

  1. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting: 26.8
  2. Mining: 19.8, and
  3. Transportation and warehousing: 13.1.

The percentage of worker fatalities by age:

  • under 16: < 0.5%
  • 16-17: < 0.5%
  • 18-19: 1%
  • 20-24: 5%
  • 25-34: 17%
  • 35-44: 19%
  • 45-54: 25%
  • 55-64: 20%, and
  • 65 and older: 12%.

BLS reported there were 4,547 workplace fatalities in 2010. The highest number of fatalities by industry:

  1. trade, transportation and utilities: 1,141
  2. natural resources and mining: 768
  3. construction: 751
  4. professional and business services: 356, and
  5. manufacturing: 320.
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