Logging, fishing still the deadliest American industries

by Andrew Bainbridge | Jun 26, 2015 | Workers' Compensation

Every worker in the Ohio may potentially develop a workplace-related illness or injury, whether they work in an office, supermarket, factory or outdoors. But some jobs carry a much heavier risk than others. Office-related injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome, while painful and debilitating, are fairly minor when compared with fatal accidents.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the deadliest jobs in America in 2012 were logging and commercial fishing. The BLS reported that 62 loggers died on the job that year, a rate of 127.8 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers. That same year, 32 fishers also died, giving fishing the second-worst rate of fatal accidents in the country.

BLS initially reported 4,383 workers killed in 2012. The agency later revised that figure upward to 4,628, and announced that 4,405 workers were killed in 2013, and a rate of 3.2 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time workers, an improvement over 2102’s rate of 3.4 per 100,000.

Once again, loggers and fishers sustained the top two worst rates of fatal accident, with 91.3 and 75 per 100,000, respectively. In terms of raw numbers, professional drivers suffered the most deaths at 748.

It is good news that fewer American workers died in 2013, but every deadly workplace accident is a tragedy. Many, if not most, people killed on the job leave behind families that loved and depended on them. Their grief is unavoidable, but any financial problems caused by the death may be made easier with workers’ compensation death benefits. An attorney can explain more.

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