The danger of work

Some jobs are riskier than others

Some jobs are riskier than others

April 02, 2006|By Julie E. Greene

Some jobs are just more dangerous than others.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of selected occupations with high fatality rates. While the list doesn't specify what the top 10 dangerous jobs are, it gives an indication of some of the riskier occupations.

The list from 2004 tracks fatalities for occupational groups that employ at least 100,000 people.

According to the list, the groups with the highest fatality rates that year were (in order):

1. Logging workers

2. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

3. Fishers and related fishing workers

4. Structural iron and steel workers

5. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

6. Farmers and ranchers


7. Roofers

8. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

9. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

10. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

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