September 10, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- New data reveals deadliest jobs in America---
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When on your way to work, have you ever considered the risks associated with your profession? Chances are, whatever your occupation, there is some danger of injury while on the job -- although the degree of the risk associated with your position may not be as severe as other jobs.
Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data regarding workplace fatalities in 2012, including the most dangerous jobs in the United States. In total, 4,383 workers were killed while on the job last year, according to the BLS data. For every 100,000 full-time workers in the U.S., 3.2 died as a result of an injury sustained while on the job that year.
The BLSinformation also identified the most common causes of worker deaths in the United States. Topping the list were transportation accidents, which accounted for 41 percent of all fatalities on the job in 2012. In total, 1,789 workers lost their lives in such collisions, including auto and plane accidents.
Following transportation accidents, the next leading cause of worker deaths were violent incidents. In 2012, 767 American workers died as a result of violence, including both homicides and suicides --accounting for 18 percent of all worker fatalities.
The third-leading cause of worker fatalities last year were slips, trips and falls, which resulted in the deaths of 668 workers.
What are the deadliest jobs in the US?
Last year, logging took the top stop as the most dangerous job in America, resulting in 62 fatalities in total. The fatality rate for those in the industry was 127.8 for every 100,000 full-time workers.
Fishermen, who previously had the designation as the most dangerous occupation, now have the second most dangerous job in the U.S. In total, 32 fishermen lost their lives on the job last year.
Among some of the other deadliest professions in the U.S. last year included airplane pilots, roofers, steel workers, electrical power-line installers, truck drivers, farmers and construction workers. Absent from the list of the deadliest jobs were professions many typically consider to be dangerous, including both firefighters and law enforcement officers.
Seek the advice of an attorney following a workplace fatality
When a worker is killed in an incident on the job, his or her loved ones may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. In such situations, consulting with an experienced workers' compensation attorney will ensure the rights of the worker's loved ones are protected.
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