Nearly 5,000 Workers Died on the Job in 2015
In a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the stunning reality set in: 4,836 workers were killed on the job in the U.S. in 2015 alone. This was, of course, just a slight increase compared to the 4,821 workers who died in 2014. At the top of the list for the most dangerous jobs were those in the transportation industry, which account for more than one-fourth of all fatal work injuries.
In 2014, statistical data was taken that showed the most dangerous jobs known across the country. Per every 100,000 people, here were the most dangerous based on deaths:
- Logging workers: 110.9
- Fishers and related fishing workers: 80.8
- Aircraft pilots/flight engineers: 64
- Roofers: 47.4
- Recyclable material collectors: 35.8
- Agricultural workers: 26.7
- Steel workers: 25.2
- Truck drivers: 24.7
- Electrical power line installers: 19.2
Logging, as you can see, is at the top of the list as one of the most dangerous in the industry. There were an astounding 111 deaths for every 100,000 loggers. Some of the most common dangers involved in this work included falling branches and rough terrain. In certain areas, those in logging face even larger challenges due to the fact that they may be located in rural areas and have limited access to hospitals.
The total number of fatalities in 2015 was the highest since 5,214 fatal injuries in 2008. This means that changes must be made in many workplaces in the United States. Employers must take a look at what they can change in the workplace to make things much safer for their employees. Call us today if you have been injured in a workplace accident that affected your life negatively and you need our help. We will help you from start to finish in regards to your case.