Dangerous Jobs

By: Adam Roland
By: Adam Roland

Thursday morning a worker painting the inside of a water tower in Jefferson, Georgia fell about 35 feet into the tank. Rescue crews were called out and found the worker conscious following his fall.

On Monday 12 miners died in a West Virginia mine.

These stories have ignited interest in dangerous jobs throughout our country.

"The most dangerous job in America is working up on church steeples, putting on new guiding, new gold on them, because you often read about people who fall off steeples when they're fixing them. That's a job I wouldn't want to have."

"Construction workers are dangerous too, I have two sons that are carpenters in Michigan and one of them just fell off a roof and broke his ankle."

"We came up with construction, high rise, the ones we said, fishing, several others, policemen, he brought that up."

You may be surprised to learn that the top 10 most dangerous jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, are as follows.

Loggers are tenth on the list. Pilots are ninth, followed by law enforcement. Laborers and freight stock movers land the 7th spot and retail managers are 6th.

Agricultural workers had 140 fatalities, while grounds maintenance workers had 168. Construction laborers have the third most deaths with 293. Trailing only farmers and ranchers, and the job with the most fatalities last year was truck drivers with 905, but you can't just look at the number of deaths.

The loggers and pilots have the highest fatality rate, meaning for every 10,000 employed, nine die on the job.

In our area, there have been a few high risk deaths. A construction worker fell 90 feet from the Hattaway bridge during the expansion and three paper mill employees where killed in an explosion in 1994.

The good news is, nationwide the fatality rate is dropping. In 2004, there were a total of 5,703 fatalities on the job in the United States. The average rate for all occupations was 4.1.


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