The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs In America

Although the national rate of workplace fatalities is on the decline — some jobs remain incredibly dangerous.

According to the latest Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) data, a preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in the US in 2013. Read on to see the deadliest occupations.

10. Construction Laborers

Total fatalities for 2013 (based on preliminary data): 215

Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 17.7

According to the BLS, these workers perform tasks involving physical labour at construction sites. They may operate hand and power tools of all types, and may clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris, and other waste materials.

9. Electrical Power-Line Installers And Repairers

Total fatalities for 2013 (based on preliminary data): 27

Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 21.5

According to the BLS, these workers install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems.

7. Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers

Total fatalities for 2013 (based on preliminary data): 748

Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 22.0

According to the BLS, these workers drive trucks or other vehicles over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up or deliver items such as commercial laundry. They may also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery.

6. Mining Machine Operators

Total fatalities for 2013 (based on preliminary data): 16

Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 26.9

According to the BLS, these workers operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.

3. Aircraft Pilots And Flight Engineers

Total fatalities for 2013 (based on preliminary data): 63

Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 50.6

According to the BLS, these professionals pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo.

2. Fishers And Related Fishing Workers

Total fatalities for 2013 (based on preliminary data): 27

Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 75.0

According to the BLS, these workers catch and trap various types of marine life. The fish they catch are for human food, animal feed, bait, and other uses.

1. Logging Workers

Total fatalities for 2013 (based on preliminary data): 59

Fatality rate (per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers): 91.3

According to the BLS, these workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year. The timber they harvest provides the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.

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