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Bureau of Labor Statistics Publishes List of 2011's Most Fatal Jobs

Workers' compensation can help families of workplace fatalities.
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    December 07, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which ranks the country's most dangerous jobs. It also collects demographical statistics on the victims of workplace fatalities.

The Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States

The commercial fishing industry had the highest fatality rate of any other industry in 2011, as it did in 2010. Commercial fishermen face a fatality rate of 121.2 deaths per 100,000 workers, though fatality rates in some specializations, like Alaskan king crab harvesting, have deceased over the past few years.

The next most dangerous jobs are in the logging and aviation industries. Though the fatality rate in the logging industry was only half that of the commercial fishing industry, the industry still experienced a rate of 102.4 deaths per 100,000 loggers. Pilots of small, private aircraft experienced the third-highest fatality rate of 57 deaths per 100,000 pilots. Many of these pilots run supplies to remote areas over hazardous terrain.

Another of the top five most dangerous jobs was roofing industry, where 31.8 per 100,000 roofers lost their lives annually. Roofers face the risk of fatal construction site accidents from falls from heights and faulty scaffolding.

Farmers, truckers, electrical line workers and taxi drivers round out the ten most dangerous occupations, with fatality rates between 19 and 25 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Findings Across Industry Lines

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries also collected and analyzed data for all industries combined. It found that on the whole, exposure to chemicals, machinery, highway accidents, other people and tools and equipment caused the most worker fatalities.

The census also found that men were more likely than women to die in workplace accidents in a margin of 4,234 to 375. This may be due to the fact that most of the top ten most dangerous jobs are male-dominated.

Additionally, wage-earning workers are more likely to be killed on the job than those who earn a salary. Middle-aged workers from 45 to 54 years old are most likely to die from a workplace injury, followed by those in the 55 to 64-year old age bracket.

How Workers' Compensation Can Help the Families of Lost Loved Ones

Fortunately, the state of Pennsylvania requires workers' compensation insurance to provide death benefits to certain surviving dependents. These benefits can provide the families who have lost loved ones with financial assistance in a time of great need, including the loss of the family breadwinner.

To find out if your family may file a claim for a death benefit following the loss of a loved one, please contact an experienced workers' compensation lawyer who can help you through the claims process.

Article provided by Cherry, Fieger & Cherry, P.C.
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