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These jobs have the highest rate of fatal work accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Every workplace in Missouri has the potential for accidents. However, there are some professions that pose a greater threat to worker safety than others. For example, fatal work accidents are generally more likely to occur on a construction site compared to an office setting.

What are the deadliest professions?

In its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, AdvisorSmith used data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the top 25 most fatal career fields. In total it surveyed more than 260 different occupations. According to that census, the top five occupations with the most fatalities are:

  • Logging workers
  • Flight engineers and aircraft pilots
  • Oil, gas and mining workers
  • Roofers
  • Garbage collectors

While these occupations are all different, they do share a few things in common. For example, with the exception of pilots, the work largely takes place outside. Where the danger lies differs though, as garbage collectors are most likely to suffer fatal injuries related to car accidents, but roofers are more likely to die after falling from a significant height. Loggers have the highest fatal injury rate and are most likely to suffer fatal injuries from contact with logging equipment or falling logs.

Missouri workers face many different hazards when they clock in. When those hazards prove to be fatal, surviving family members often struggle to really process their grief while also dealing with the financial gap left behind. Temporary death benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation system can often be key for families who are dealing with the aftermath of fatal work accidents.