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The most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

Employees in Georgia may benefit from learning about the potentially fatal dangers involved with being at the workplace on a daily basis. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were approximately 3.2 deaths from workplace injuries occurring per 100,000 employees during 2012 in the United States. Data collected by the National Safety Council also cited odds for various causes of death such as the chances of getting struck by lightning and the frequency of death by heart disease.

An online report analyzed the injury and fatality rates from the data collected by the BLS and determined that the five most dangerous jobs titles include construction laborers, truckers, agriculture workers, pilots and flight engineers and fishermen. Three of these occupations reportedly provide employees with less than the U.S. median household income. Fisherman typically earn less than $37,000 per year, yet the fatal injury work rate for this group is 117 per 100,000.

According to the Library of Economics and Liberty, the average premium paid to employees working in a risky occupation ranges from $300 to $500 per year. The higher paying agriculture and flight occupations require an advanced level of education and training regardless of the inherent danger involved in the work. The median pay for pilots and flight engineers is almost $130,000 per year, but the death rate at their workplace is around 53.4 per 100,000 employees.

The data published by the BLS indicates that there were approximately 4,500 deaths resulting from a workplace injury during 2012. There were more than 180,000 workplace injuries among construction laborers and almost 50,000 among the fisherman. Many of these injuries involve a slip-and-fall. Employees who do suffer a work-related injury due to conditions at the workplace may benefit from conferring with legal counsel.

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet, "Price of Risk: How Well Do the 5 Most Dangerous Jobs Pay?", Erika Rawes, June 28, 2014

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