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The 5 most dangerous jobs in America

Whether you are a retail clerk or an electrician, safety on the job should always be your number one concern. In an ideal world, you would always be secure while working and injuries would never happen. The reality is that there are many jobs that put workers in harm's way every single day. If you work in a hazardous industry, workers' compensation insurance may help to offset any medical or other costs you incur after an injury on the job. This is particularly important if you work at one of the five most dangerous jobs in America.

Recyclable and refuse material collectors

That person who comes to your house once a week and empties your garbage can and recycling bin may be in more danger than you thought. Studies show that per 100,000 sanitation workers, there are 35.8 injuries on the job. These injuries have resulted in 27 deaths annually.

Roofers

In order to be a professional roofer, you must have a lot of experience, a special set of tools and serious safety training. Roofers had 47.4 injuries a year per 100,000 workers and those injuries resulted in 83 deaths. Next time you are up on your roof trying to fix a shingle, you may want to rethink that idea.

Flight engineers and aircraft pilots

While this is probably not a statistic you want to hear if you are a big airline traveler, but aircraft pilots and flight engineers come in as the third most dangerous job in America. Per 100,000 workers there are 64 injuries and 82 deaths annually.

Fishing workers

Many enjoy it as a pastime, but turns out fishing can be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Fishers are often out on the water when conditions are dangerous, trying to get that last catch. Because of the dangerous nature of their job, there have been 80.8 injuries and 22 deaths in fishing jobs in 2014 alone.

Logging workers

Logging workers have the most dangerous job in America according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with 110.9 injuries and 78 deaths in 2014. It turns out that logging products come with a high price.

In the average civilian job, there are 3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers, highlighting the fact that these five jobs are considerably more dangerous than others. These statistics don't include anyone under that age of sixteen or volunteers who were injured on the job.

With these numbers, it's clear that worker's compensation is a vital part of any job. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a work related accident, you may want to look into what your policy covers.

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