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What are the most dangerous jobs in America?

| Jan 30, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Lots of workers in Georgia are in risky jobs that could leave them hurt or even dead. Not surprisingly, though, statistics suggest that some jobs are riskier than others.

The interesting thing is that the most dangerous jobs, at least when people judge by the number of deaths per 100,000 workers, might not be in the lines of work people expect.

For example, while industrial and construction workers are well-known for having particularly dangerous jobs, they in fact rank as the 17th deadliest and 12th deadliest occupations, respectively. Likewise, the public is well-aware of how police officers and firefighters put their lives at risk, but their profession ranks as the 15th deadliest occupation.

The most dangerous jobs actually involve logging and fishing. Loggers have the deadliest job, facing 132.7 work-related deaths per 100,000 workers. Fisherman are in a distant second, with 54.8 deaths per 100,000.

Interestingly, some jobs typically thought of as white collar also rank among the deadliest occupations in the country. For instance, social workers, like those who work for state child welfare agencies, face potentially fatal dangers in the form of irate parents and children. Architects and engineering professionals, who often work at construction zones and from heights, also have one of the 20 deadliest professions.

Whatever one’s line of work may be, a Rome, Georgia, resident, or the surviving family, will likely need financial help after a tragic workplace injury accident. For instance, the family may be able to get survivor benefits through workers’ compensation that can help defray lost wages, funeral expenses and the like. Other compensation may be available in the right circumstances.