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What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States?

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Every job is challenging in its own way, but jobs with high hazards can be beyond difficult. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, on-the-job deaths have increased in recent years. Studies show that deaths have risen from 4,821 in 2014 to 5,250 deaths in 2018 – this is an increase of nine percent over the last five years. Our work accident attorneys have put together the most dangerous jobs in the United States below:

Oil, Gas & Mining Workers

Oil and gas workers have some of the most high-risk occupations in the country. Oil and gas workers often handle massive equipment and hazardous materials, making them vulnerable to workplace accidents. Studies show that they suffer most injuries from transportation incidents and handling heavy objects and equipment.

Construction Workers

Whether it’s constructing new buildings or maintaining road structures, construction workers have one of the most dangerous workspaces. Construction work is risky because they have to work on scaffolding and elevated platforms. It is common for construction workers to suffer fall accidents or head injuries (from falling objects).


Electricians constantly have to work with high-risk equipment. When workers aren’t properly trained to handle electrical equipment, it can result in serious or fatal electrocution injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrical injuries are one of the most fatal injuries.

Commercial Truck Drivers

Studies show that nearly one out of every five fatally injured workers was employed as a driver/sales worker or truck driver. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers incurred 1,005 fatal occupational injuries – the highest since 2003. Truck drivers have strict deadlines to meet – often resulting in drowsy driving. Driver fatigue can significantly increase the dangers on the road.

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