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What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States?

logging workers in front of truck of cut logs

In 2017, a total of 5,250 employees lost their lives to workplace accidents. Even those who survive workplace accidents are often left with serious, and sometimes lifelong, injuries. Based on accident tracking, sources like CNBC were able to compile the 10 most dangerous jobs in America.

These occupations include:

Landscapers, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

You might not think of landscaping as a dangerous profession, but these workers spend much of their time traveling from worksite to worksite. Transportation accidents account for 40% of all work-related fatalities.

Construction and Extraction Workers

With slips, trips, and falls and equipment accidents, it should come as no surprise that construction is a dangerous line of work. Still, the leading cause of fatal injuries is transportation accidents. Whether you are hit by a falling object or have a mishap with a tractor, our construction accident lawyer is well-versed in the dangers of construction and can help you recover.

Structural Iron and Steel Workers

These workers install iron or steel elements into buildings during construction – often at great heights. Because of the nature of their work, any fall can be fatal or lead to serious injuries.

Workplace slips, trips, and falls are serious and our team at the Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli takes them seriously.

Farmers, Ranchers, and Agricultural Workers

Putting food on our tables is a dangerous job, and these workers tend to be immigrants who do not have formal educations and are trained on the job. From transportation accidents to machinery accidents, agricultural work can put employees at risk.

Additionally, there are plenty of hazards that come into play when working with animals, so occupational illnesses are a big concern.

Traveling Salesmen and Truck Drivers

You may have guessed that these occupations, which involve lots of driving, put workers a higher-than-usual risk for transportation accidents. Truck accidents are common on U.S. roadways, and there is always a truck driver involved.

Refuse and Recyclable Materials Collectors

Garbage trucks pick up the trash year-round, regardless of weather conditions. Unfortunately, the people who drive and ride in these trucks are often involved in accidents. Further, collection equipment can be dangerous when it is not used correctly


Roofers spend their days on top of buildings, which makes falls incredibly dangerous. The job requires heavy lifting, climbing, and bending, as well, so workplace injuries and deaths are all too common.

Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

Plane crashes are not very common, especially in the public sphere. Private plane crashes happen with more frequency, though, and this type of accident is typically fatal.


Reeling in the catch of the day is difficult, physical work. Fishermen can fall off boats, have their boats sink, or even experience boat crashes. Nets and traps can also be dangerous in some situations.

Logging Workers

Logging is the most dangerous occupation in the United States. Workers are constantly at risk of being hit by falling objects while they are felling trees or having equipment accidents. Per 100,000 full-time workers, there are 97.6 fatal injuries each year.

Hurt on the Job?

Whether you work in one of these risky fields or not, workplace injuries can be stressful.

If you get hurt on the job call the Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli at (516) 628-6402 or contact us online.

We can help you determine the next steps during a free, confidential consultation.

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