Dangerous Jobs in America
Dangerous Jobs in America

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs America

Karin Lehnardt
By Karin Lehnardt, Senior Writer
Published May 7, 2018Updated October 4, 2019
  • Lumberjack.[1]
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    Lumberjacks are thirty times more likely to die on the job than an average worker

  • Commercial fishermen.[7]
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    Not only do fishers haul nets that weigh several hundred pounds, they do it fighting pelting rain, rogue waves, and icy decks

  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers.[6]
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    Causes of death among bush pilots include human error, poorly maintained equipment, and smaller planes that are susceptible to unpredictable weather and rugged terrain

  • Roofers.[6]
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    While everyone needs a roof over their head, not everyone understands how dangerous the roofing occupation is

  • Refuse and recyclable materials collectors.[2]
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    People throw surprising items in the trash, such as used medical needles, human ashes, bodily fluids, biomedical wastes, unwanted animals, and sometimes even dead bodies

  • Ironworkers.[3]
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    Iron and steel workers are at risk of falling to their death, slicing off a hand or limb with metal shears, straining muscles, getting burned, and suffering eye damage from flying sparks

  • Truck drivers and driver/sales workers.[5]
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    Because the chance of dying on the job is extremely high, truck drivers rank #7 on our list of the most dangerous jobs in the United States

  • Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers.[4]
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    As the saying among farmers goes, “you’ll get killed close to home and when you least expect it"

  • Construction laborers.[8]
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    Construction workers are constantly subjected to life-threatening slips, trips, and falls; and that's on a good day

  • Grounds maintenance workers.[8]
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    Groundworkers deal with a plethora of life-threatening hazards, including power tools with killer blades, falling tree limbs, extremely loud and prolonged noise, flying debris, and exposure to dangerous pesticides and chemicals


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