10 Most Dangerous Jobs 2013

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What makes a job dangerous and potentially fatal? It can be any number of factors, including the type of work and where it’s performed. Last year, as the Labor Department recently reported, 4,609 people lost their lives on the job, a rate equal to 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. While the

preliminary number is alarming, it is 2 percent less than 2010’s tally, when 4,690 workplace fatalities were recorded. What’s more, industries known for high fatality rates saw a downward trend in year-over-year deaths.

 

10. Taxi Drivers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 20

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 63

Median Pay: $22,500 a year or $11 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? Taxi drivers often drive a lot and in big traffic jams which makes a higher chance of a car accident.

9. Electrical Power Line Installers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 20.3

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 27

Median Pay: $54,000 or $26 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? This job requires great physical strength to climb high and often encounters hazardous high voltage situations.

8. Truck Drivers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 24

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 759

Median Pay: $27,000 or $13 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? Truck drivers are usually deprived from sleep which gives higher chances for a car accident to occur.

7. Farmers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 25

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 260

Median Pay: $60,000 or $29 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? Farmers are often involved with handling hazardous chemicals.

6. Structural Iron/Steel Workers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 27

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 16

Median Pay: $44,000 or $21 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? Iron workers often need to perform work at great heights such as skyscrapers.

5. Roofers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 32

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 56

Median Pay: $34,000 or $16 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? Perform work at heights with tilted roofs.

4. Recycling Collectors

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 41

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 34

Median Pay: $22,000 or $10 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? The job often requires to walk on roads with traffic and work with heavy machinery.

3. Aircraft Pilots

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 57

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 72

Median Pay: $92,000

Why it’s dangerous? Involves flying small planes and helicopters to respond to natural disasters.

2. Logging Workers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 102

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 64

Median Pay: $33,000 or $16 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? Includes working in bad weather conditions high above ground.

1. Fishers

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Fatal Work Injury Ratio (Per 100,000): 121

Number Of Fatal Work Injuries: 40

Median Pay: $25,000 or $12 an hour

Why it’s dangerous? Fishers often fall overboard and get injured either by large swarm of fish or the boat motor.

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