The most dangerous job.
Doesn’t that seem like something worth bragging about? It sounds like a movie tagline, or the title of a new television show on the Discovery Channel—something involving deep sea exploration, lasers, katanas, or a combination of the three.
But there’s nothing cool about unsafe working conditions. And in reality, those with the most dangerous jobs aren’t astronauts, super-spies, Avengers, or shark wranglers armed with lightsabers. They’re people doing the difficult and often undervalued work the world depends on—people like maintenance workers, farmers, construction workers, and truck drivers.
At the top of the list? Well, take a look for yourself:
These numbers come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data on fatal occupational injuries. To calculate the annual rankings, the BLS takes into account the overall number of fatal injuries per job, as well as the relative death rate per injured worker.
While this year’s statistics show fewer total fatal injuries than last year’s, we still have a long way to go, EHS Today reports:[blockquote]“The good news out of the BLS report is that the total number of fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2017 was down slightly from 2016: 5,147 vs 5,190. That’s less than even a 1% drop (0.82%, to be exact), but it does represent an improvement, and given the increased number of people working in 2017 vs. 2016, perhaps the improvement is a bit more significant than it seems. Still, there’s no doubt that a lot of work still needs to be done to make our jobs and industries safer.”[/blockquote]Read “Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs of 2019.”
We can all do our part in protecting our economy’s most vulnerable workers. Go tell the pilots, roofers, loggers, and other high-risk workers in your life that you appreciate them. Especially those fishers (who, after all, aren’t that different from shark wranglers).
Then, commit to a safer—and more productive—workplace by implementing a systematic environmental health and safety program. Start improving your facilities’ working conditions today with our EHS Checklist.