If you ask someone what the most dangerous occupations are in the United States, they’re probably going to mention construction. It typically does have a high number of fatalities. They may also point to known high-risk professions, like being a firefighter or a police officer.
One thing to factor in, though, is the size of each industry. There are far more construction workers than those in many other trades, so, while it is true that construction is highly dangerous, it is not the most dangerous based on injuries per capita. One list of the most dangerous occupations in the country, from lowest to highest, looks like this:
- Construction workers
- Iron and steelworkers
- Agricultural workers
- Truck drivers
- Refuse collectors
- Aircraft pilots
One common theme is that many of these jobs require the use of vehicles and heavy equipment. It’s clear that working with this type of equipment raises the danger level for all those on the job, no matter what job they are specifically doing.
It’s also worth noting that some of the categories could be combined. For instance, on a major construction project, you could have construction workers, ironworkers and roofers. These are different tasks but they are all related, increasing the risks for that industry as a whole.
No matter what job you do, it’s important to know that injuries do happen and you must take the proper precautions. If you still get injured on the job, you also want to know what legal options you have.