According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA),
4,679 workers were killed in workplace accidents in 2014. On average,
that equated to 13 deaths per a day and nearly 90 each week.
But the numbers don’t stop there. Each year, nearly four million
workers are seriously injured on the job, and tens of thousands more die
of an occupational disease, according to OSHA.
In addition to OSHA’s tracking of workplace accidents, injuries and
fatalities, the U.S. Department of Labor also keeps track of how many
workers are killed on the job, and the reasons why.
In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor published its latest data covering
the seven years prior to 2013, data which you may find alarming. The following
list itemizes the 15 most deadly occupations, beginning with the deadliest
occupation of them all – fishing.
- Being an aircraft pilot
- Iron and steel
- Garbage collecting
- Farming and ranching
- Driving, sales, and truck driving
- Installing or repairing power lines
- Agricultural work
- Driving a taxi or chauffer
- Law enforcement (police)
- Someone who manages the construction trade
When you read the above list, you’ll notice that we didn’t
even mention firefighters. That’s because statistically, they are
less likely to die on the job than maintenance workers, landscape contractors,
industrial machinery workers, electricians, and welding workers, which
all rank lower than top 15 deadliest jobs.
Surprisingly, garbage collectors rank 7th, just behind roofers. Garbage
collectors die in work-related accidents about four more times more often
than security guards and firefighters, according to
Of those garbage collector deaths, 69% of the workers died in transportation
incidents. So, the next time you see your garbage man, you may have more
respect for his job than you did before.
Were you injured on the job?
If you were injured in the job, or if you are suffering from an
occupational disease, we urge you to
contact our office for a
free consultation with a New York workers’ compensation attorney. For
over 50 years, we have serviced NYC residents and recovered
hundreds and millions of dollars on their behalf.