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Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US

There was a consistent decline in unemployment rate last year, opening at 7.9% in January down to an all-time year low of 7% in November (December data is not yet out), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the figure is still higher than when we started 2008 at 5% a few months before the subprime crisis hit. Clearly, many more Americans would like to land a job, but would they love these jobs to, literally, die for? Check out America’s most dangerous jobs based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Published January 27, 2014 in News      9 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

#10 Construction Laborers: [17.4]

The Job: Work at construction sites
The Pay: $34,500
The Hazards: Dangerous equipment and power tools

Rescue workers remove the body of worker killed in a Jacksonville construction accident in 1961. Photography courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

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January 27, 2014, 04:51:57 AM
Love the old pictures. Thanks for the history. Who wants to go fishing under the brand new No Fishing signs that was never before Waterways Downtown? Visit Jacksonville!


January 27, 2014, 07:31:29 AM
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January 27, 2014, 09:28:07 AM
Perhaps..............however anybody with current OSHA 10, or 30 hour instruction knows that the highest two causes of construction fatalities, including roofers, laborers, and iron workers, are falls and cave-ins. The items listed are important, but not the most dangerous of those professions. Falls and trenching/excavation top the construction hazards list.


January 27, 2014, 09:38:28 AM
I'm surprised that convenient store clerks wasn't mentioned. That's one of the first things that came to mind.


January 27, 2014, 09:59:47 AM
I wonder about active duty military.   I suppose that's situational and/or conditional as well.


January 27, 2014, 10:07:37 AM
10 pages??? Really MJ? This is killing me!


January 27, 2014, 10:15:13 AM
I wonder about active duty military.   I suppose that's situational and/or conditional as well.

The danger is higher, but the precautions and risk abatement is also much higher.

Here is a report of all the deaths surrounding afghanistan (our current war)

last year there were fewer than three hundred military deaths and there have been fewer than 3,000 since 2000.  235 of those were suicides, which count in military casualties as they are usually stress related directly to work.

The injuries are pretty substantial, as you can see in the report.


January 27, 2014, 02:17:21 PM
It depends too on how they figure the death rate.  For example the degree of fatality is usually compaired to exposure. It may be a number compared to total hours of worked of all in that field. For example deaths per manhour. 

So if there were 10 military deaths compaired to 3 million manhours the rate is very small, 1/300,000.  But if there were 10 ironworkers in 100,000 manhours  it would be larger, 1/10,000.  Thus......... more dangerous.  (numbers for example purposes)

Military rates are more complex since they also include "off duty" time.  Which includes natural causes, accidents, suicides , etc. Construction trade rates do not list off duty accidents, natural causes, etc.


January 27, 2014, 06:07:27 PM
^Yeah, that's definitely right. I remember reading one article at some point that said "whale trainer" was one of the most dangerous jobs. This was because there aren't that many trainers, and some of them get attacked by the whales, involved in accidents, etc., so the per capita risk of injury was relatively high. But it's a statistic that affects a population of maybe a few hundred in the entire country.
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