Do You Have One Of The Deadliest Jobs In The Country
According to the Bureau of Labor, your chances of dying on the job are greatest if you are in one of these occupations.
When you think of dangerous jobs or working conditions, you probably think of stunt drivers, firefighters, the military, or something along those lines, don't you?
It turns out though that those are not among the most dangerous professions in the United States these days. (Those I mentioned didn't even make the top 5.)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a worker died on the job about every hour and a half last year. (Every 99 minutes to be exact.)
The highest fatality numbers went to those in an industry that is based on something that almost all of us routinely do just for fun ... fishing and/or hunting.
Those folks lost 145 workers per every 100,000. Following those, the highest death toll statistics went to logging industry workers, pilots, flight engineers, and roofers.
According to our news partners at KVIA:
An overwhelming number of workplace deaths were transportation incidents, which accounted for over 2,000 deaths. Falls, slips and trips followed, with over 880 deaths. Suicides and unintentional overdoses both accounted for more than 300 work-related deaths in 2019, too. - KVIA
Other disturbing numbers indicate that the number of Hispanics and Latinos killed on the job jumped the most, going from 879 in 2016 to 1,088 in 2019. If you're Hispanic or Latino that likes to hunt or fish, you better either not get paid to do it, or wear a helmet and keep your eyes open while doing it.
The KVIA article doesn't really give any specific reason or profession for those figures, just that the biggest jump in work-related fatalities was among those in the noted ethnic groups. The greatest number of work-related deaths were related to transportation.