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A Round-up of the Most Dangerous Occupations in the US

Unless you are a certified white-collar, pencil-pushing worker, most blue collar jobs carry with it an inherent risk.

Take for example, this article from CNN which listed down the most dangerous jobs in America based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Given how the recent mine explosion in West Virginia has killed 25 workers, it would be surprising to learn that mining isn’t the most dangerous occupation today. Here’s a run-down:
1. Fishermen – (128.9 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
2. Loggers – (115.7 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
3. Airplane pilot – (72.4 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
4. Structural steel and iron worker – (46.4 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
5. Farmer and rancher – (39.5 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
6. Waste Collector – (36.8 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
7. Coal Miner – (34.8 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
8. Roofer – (34.4 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
9. Deliveryman and truck driver – (22.8 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)
10. Taxi driver and chauffeur – (19.3 per 100,000 workers fatality rate)

Yes, being a fisherman, a logger and an airplane pilot is more dangerous than being a miner however a surprising inclusion on the list is a waste collector.

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"Most Dangerous Occupations in the US." (photo credit: phuketwan.com)

But the reality is, all jobs can be potentially dangerous especially if the employer does not follow the rules and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Open wires in the office can cause electrocution accidents, there can also be exposure to various hazardous and toxic substances at work..the list if dangers in a workplace can go on and on.

While there is always an inherent danger to every job, employees still have the right to a safe workplace and be protected from being killed or seriously harmed at work. Under the law, employers have the duty to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers.

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