Top 6 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

There were 4,836 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2015. Here are the 6 most dangerous jobs in the United States, according to government data.

Daniel Sheppard
January 04, 2018


There were 4,836 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2015.  Here are the 6 most dangerous jobs in the United States, according to government data:

  • Structural iron and steel workers (30 deaths per 100,000)
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors (39 deaths per 100,000)
  • Roofers (40 deaths per 100,000)
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers (40 deaths per 100,000)
  • Fishers and fishing workers (55 deaths per 100,000)
  • Logging workers (132 deaths per 100,000)


Structural and Steel Workers

Iron and steel workers play an important role—they are responsible for erecting those towering buildings that so many people live and work.  Injuries can be prevented when workers use the proper safety equipment, such as goggles, steel-toed boots, hardhats, fall arrest systems, and the like.  However, Structural and steel workers work in a dangerous field and use dangerous equipment that can cause injury and death.  Common life-threatening injuries include:

  • Falls from structures
  • Lacerations and cuts
  • Burns


Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Sanitation workers are exposed to a variety of hazards on the job—the machinery they operate, other motorists, and the negligence of coworkers.  The following are some of the most common accidents that result in injury to refuse and recyclable material collectors:

  • Being struck by a backing truck
  • Being struck by a negligent, inattentive, reckless driver
  • Being struck by garbage or debris launched by the compactor
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Inadequately trained employees



Like the other professions listed here, roofers safety is often overlooked by employers and the precautions that could prevent an accident are not put in place.  Common roofer injuries include:

  • Falls
  • Being hit by falling objects
  • Tool/equipment malfunction
  • Exposure to heat and cold
  • Electrocution


Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

As air traffic increases so does the risk that a plane and its passengers will be injured.  However, when a plane accident occurs, the outcome for pilots, engineers, and passengers is death.  The most common causes of aviation accidents include:

  • Pilot error
  • Faulty equipment
  • FAA regulations violations
  • Structural/design problems
  • Negligence of air traffic controllers
  • Negligence of flight attendants
  • Carrier negligence


Fishing Dangers

Fishers and fishing workers work long hours.  They often have seasonal employment and are at sea for weeks or months at a time.  They work without sleep and stand on deck for long periods of time, despite being tossed around on rough seas.  The majority of fatal injuries occur in Alaska, Massachusetts, Florida, Louisiana, and Oregon.  Most injuries are caused by contacts with objects or equipment and overexertion.


Logging Dangers

Dangers associated with logging may not be obvious to those without experience in the industry.  Logging is done in areas with difficult terrain where access to medical personnel is scarce.  Workers are exposed to the elements and are often worked without rest.  Some causes of injuries include:

  • Tractor accidents
  • Dangling branches
  • Axe and saw injuries
  • Uneven terrain


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About The Author

It’s true what they say — if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Daniel E. Sheppard loves what he does and has had the opportunity to assist clients with a variety of personal injury matters in Houston. Daniel fights for the people who need help — the “little ...

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