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25 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

What would you guess is the most dangerous job in America? The answer may surprise you.

Posted: 10/18/2019

There were 5,147 accidental deaths in the American workplace in 2017 according to data presented from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number makes up the highest in the past decade though slightly down from the previous year. This data displays that certain occupations carry a much higher risk than others.

Transportation accidents were overwhelmingly the leading cause of death. With the size of the state, this puts Montana at a much higher risk. Falls, slips, and trips were the second leading cause of death, responsible for 887 fatal work injuries that year.

But which jobs are the most dangerous?

Using this data presented from the BLS, the following is a look at the occupations with the most fatalities per 100K workers in 2017.

1. Commercial Fishers and related fishing workers


Injury rates were calculated as the number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, where a full-time worker is equivalent to 2,000 hours worked by an employee during the calendar year, and are for 2017.

Data on median annual wages and total employment came from the Occupational Employment Statistics program of the BLS and are as of May 2017. Data on nonfatal injuries are for the private sector only, and came from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program of the BLS for 2017. Data provide by the: Bureau of Labor Statistics