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What is the most dangerous profession?

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2021 | Workers Compensation

Have you ever wondered just how dangerous your profession is and how it stacks up against the rest? Maybe you’ve seen many people get injured, or maybe you know of people who have lost their lives on the job. You want to know what the risks look like. 

There are two ways to measure this: total fatal accidents and fatal accidents per capita. Let’s take a look at both of them. 

Total accidents: Construction

If you just look at the total workplace fatalities in a given year, the most dangerous profession is almost always construction. It’s a hard, physical job, and it involves both heights and power tools. It’s also a massive profession, especially when you add in things like roofing, painting, renovations and remodeling. It’s no surprise that the most serious accidents happen in construction each year. 

Per capita: Logging 

If you look at how many deaths there are per 100,000 workers, though, studies have found that logging is more dangerous than anything else. Again, the physical nature is clear, as is the use of power tools. Logging is a very small profession, though. For instance, in 2018, there were just 56 deaths. However, the rate of those deadly accidents was 33 times the national average. When there aren’t as many workers, every death adds up differently. 

Have you been injured or lost a loved one?

No matter what profession you work in, if you’ve suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one, you definitely need to know about all of the legal options that you have. You may deserve significant compensation in your case.