Loggers, Pilots, Garbage Collectors, Construction Supervisors, and Fishermen…
Those are some of the most dangerous professions. Some definitely surprise me while others are completely expected to make a list like this one.
Between the years of 2000 and 2014, the number of fatal work injuries decreased by almost 2,000. Sounds good, right?
The total in 2014? Almost 5,000.
Almost 5,000 people died while working. That is NOT good.
Some of the deaths come from expected dangers of the listed professions which is sadly a risk many employees have to take. Others come from ‘minor’ accidents, some of which are not expected. The top two causes of work place deaths are transportation accidents and falls. I was shocked to learn that the most fatal falls were those under 10 feet, rather than those that were over 30 feet!
Can it get worse? Yes. Many of these professions are NOT even high paying jobs. People are risking their lives for some lower paying jobs.
If you’re curious to see more of the details on the workplace deaths and their causes, check out this article:
You can also see a chart that compares work-place deaths by state. I was happy to see Ohio on the lower end of that.