The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a new report last month calculating and ranking the most dangerous jobs in the United States; the top three are fishermen, loggers, and aircraft pilots. In 2009, “fishers and related fishing workers” died as a result of injuries at their workplace at a rate of 200 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, which is 60 times greater than the average American workforce, 3.3 deaths per 100,000. In a distant second and third, the fatality rate for loggers was 61.8 per 100,000 and 57.1 per 100,000 for aircraft pilots.
According to the report, the safest professions are mostly related to education, business, and financial operations with a fatality rate of 0.3 to 0.4 per 100,000.
Among the most common incidents that cause workplace fatalities are highway accidents, homicides, falls and being stuck by objects; the latter of the list are frequently the cause of maritime personal injuries suffered by the fishing industry workforce. As a result, there is no doubt that fishermen are the most susceptible to work-related injuries and work in the most dangerous profession in the United States.
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