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Bureau Of Labor Statistics And University Of Delaware Study Sheds Light On America’s Most Dangerous Jobs


For many people working in the United States, going to work each day presents a significant risk to health and life. An “average day on the job” for some workers can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation, and serious workplace injuries – sometimes even death – can result from an oversight, simple mistake, or, in some cases, a freak accident. A December 2020 study by the University of Delaware, based in part on data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics  (BLS), reveals the occupations in the United States where such dangers are the most heightened. It is important for workers in Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as throughout the rest of the United States, to be aware of workplace hazards, and to know what options are available when a workplace injury occurs.

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America Where Workplace Accidents May Occur

The University of Delaware’s study on the most dangerous jobs in America, in connection with the BLS data, revealed the following jobs as the most dangerous jobs in the United States. The study also included the fatal workplace injury rate within each job title. These jobs are listed in the order of “most dangerous” to “least dangerous” (within the most dangerous jobs):

  • Logging workers/Loggers – fatal workplace rate: 111 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers – 53 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Derrick operators – 46 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Roofers – 41 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Garbage collectors – 34 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Ironworkers – 29 per fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Delivery drivers – 27 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Farmers – 26 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Firefighting supervisors –20 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers;
  • Power line workers – 20 fatal workplace injuries per 100,000 workers.

Other jobs that present a high risk of serious to fatal workplace injuries include agricultural workers, crossing guards, crane operators, and construction workers, among others.

Help with Your Workplace Injury Workers’ Compensation Claim

There are many dangerous jobs in America that brave Americans face every day, not knowing whether or not there may be a serious or fatal accident within the course of routine work tasks. Fortunately, when workplace accidents occur, most workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help get them back to work. In Mississippi, under state workers’ compensation laws, workers may be entitled to benefits such as medical treatment and help with medical bills, and wage replacement payments. If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury in Mississippi and you are now unable to work, it is best to speak with an experienced Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyer. The experienced Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe offer a free and confidential consultation to learn about your story and to see if they can help you. Contact the law offices of Lunsford Baskin & Priebe today and speak to a lawyer for free.


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