Here is the conclusion to our blog series 10 Jobs with the Highest Rates of Fatal Workplace Injuries. The statistics discussed in this blog have been compiled by researchers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (and were published in the BLS’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, CFOI).
More Workers Who Have a High Risk of Sustaining Fatal Workplace Injuries
8. Commercial drivers
Truckers and other commercial drivers are another class of employees who have a high risk of sustaining fatal workplace injuries. In fact, according to the CFOI, the specific dangers these workers face regularly include being involved in motor vehicle accidents caused by:
- Lack of sleep
- Driver distraction, including texting while driving
- Other types of driver negligence
- Defective vehicle equipment.
Such dangers reportedly cause more than 740 commercial drivers to be killed on the job each year, bringing the total number of fatal workplace accidents sustained by these workers to about 22 per every 100,000 employees.
9. People who work in the agriculture industry
Factors like regularly working with chemicals, being exposed to hot working conditions and working with heavy machinery make this another very dangerous job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 215 agricultural workers develop fatal workplace injuries each year.
10. Construction workers
People who work in construction have a high risk of experiencing fatal workplace injuries due to dangers like:
- Falling from scaffolding (or any other high structure)
- Being involved in on-site motor vehicle accidents
- Being hit by falling objects
- Being involved in accidents with large construction machinery and equipment
- Sustaining severe heat-related injuries.
Such factors result in more than 17 construction workers in every 100,000 incurring fatal workplace injuries each year in the U.S.
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