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What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in the US?

According to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal work injuries in the U.S. climbed to 4,836 in 2015 — the highest it’s been since 2008.

Which jobs were the most dangerous? CareerTrends, a career research site by Graphiq, used data from the BLS’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries to find the occupations with the most fatalities per 100K workers in 2015.

It’s no surprise why shows like “Deadliest Catch” and “Ax Men” have captured public interest: these reality programs depict some of the most dangerous occupations in America. In fact, logging workers have more fatalities per 100K workers than any other job, with a fatality rate of 132.7. Fishers and related fishing workers follow with 54.8 fatalities per 100K workers. Rounding out the top three are aircraft pilots and flight engineers, with 40.4 fatalities per 100K workers.

In terms of total fatal injuries, truck driving is the deadliest occupation, with 885 fatalities in 2015. Overall, roadway incidents accounted for more than a quarter of all workplace fatalities.

CareerTrends also looked at data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to see which industries have had the most workplace fatalities since 1970.

With more than 20,200 fatalities since 1970, the construction industry is responsible for the greatest number of workplace deaths. The manufacturing industry is second with 11,481 fatalities, followed by the transportation and public utilities industry with 5,177. Because these figures are raw totals, the list skews toward industries with more employees.

Although the BLS report provides a useful overview of some of America’s deadliest jobs, it is by no means definitive. The BLS only included civilian occupations with at least 15 reported work fatalities in 2015 and 40 million or more work hours (20,000 full-time equivalent employees), so some dangerous occupations may be excluded if they’re too small. It’s also worth noting that some jobs pose long-term health risks to workers, such as radiation exposure, which is not captured in the BLS figures. To see the full list of dangerous jobs click here.

This article was originally published on Career Trends by Graphiq.

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