The most dangerous job in America has more to do with putting food on your table than saving your life, according to a new analysis of federal statistics by the Daily Beast news website.
“Police officers and firefighters are everyday heroes, but it may be time to recognize farmers and fishermen, as well,” the Daily Beast writes.
In fact, fishermen were engaged in the most dangerous job, with 200 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers and 800 injuries per 100,000 full-time workers, the Daily Beast said.
For many jobs, the Daily Beast said, “the greatest occupational hazard is literally getting to work. Fishermen must deal with the prospect of becoming lost at sea or falling overboard; farmers face heavy-equipment accidents; roofers are always a fall away from death.”
Firefighting, of course, is extremely dangerous, too. It came in second on the list, with 4.4 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers and 11,600 injuries per 100,000 full-time workers.
You may disagree with the Daily Beast’s methodology, but it says it “combed occupational statistics for more than 100 jobs. As with last year’s list, incidence rates of injury and death were weighted equally.”
Ten Most Dangerous Jobs
3. Airline pilot
4. Police officer
7. Sanitation worker
8. Bus driver or public transportation operator
9. Animal farmer
10. Grain farmer
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- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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