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The Five Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Nearly every job comes with certain risks. Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports workplace accident in every single industry. However, there are some industries that are more dangerous than others.

Below is a list of the five most dangerous occupations in America.


Construction work has long been a dangerous industry, but roofers seem to have a more dangerous occupations than electricians and other construction workers. About 38 per 100,000 roofers will be fatally injured while on the job. It is not just heights that lead to these accidents, dangerous tars and chemicals, electrical currents and falling roof debris are just a few dangers these individuals face every day.

Airplane Pilot

With airplane accidents reported much more frequently these days, it should be no surprise that about 50 per 100,000 pilots are involved in fatal accidents. However, the majority of these accidents involve smaller aircrafts. Weather is the most common cause of these fatalities.


On average, about 75 per 100,000 fisherman die each year in the workplace. Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry produces 25 percent of all seafood in America, which means thousands of residents are part of this dangerous industry. Fatigue and bad weather are often the cause of these fatal accidents.

Sanitation Worker

Surprisingly, sanitation workers actually have higher fatality rates than police and firemen. About 33 per every 100,000 sanitation workers are fatally injured while on the job. There are many risks involved in sanitation, including reckless drivers who try to get around these trucks. Dangerous and sharp materials can also lead to serious accidents.


Considered the most dangerous occupation, more than 90 per 100,000 loggers are fatally injured while on the job. Injuries from fallen tree limbs and dangerous equipment are a constant threat. Although this is the most dangerous job in America, the fatality rate actually fell by about 28 percent between 2012 and 2013.

If you’re injured on the job, workers’ compensation can help to cover medical expenses and lost wages. Those who have lost a loved one due to an occupational illness or fatal accident may also be entitled to compensation for their loss.

When you need help with your claim, the workers’ compensation lawyers at Simien & Simien can help you fight for your rights.

To contact the personal injury attorneys at our law firm today, call (800) 374-8422 or fill out our contact form for a free review of your workers’ compensation claim.