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Report shows deadliest professions in the U.S.

Each year the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries revealing the number of U.S. workers who died while on the job in the preceding year. The report also reveals the most dangerous professions in the country. Many Illinois residents work in the top ten deadliest professions, and they should be aware of the prevalence of fatalities in their fields.

Federal government worker fatality statistics

According to the report, the number of workplace fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2012. Preliminary data shows that 4,383 workers died on the job in 2012, for a fatality rate of 3.2 deaths per 100,000 workers across all professions. In comparison, the fatality rate for all profession in 2011 was 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, with 4,693 employees dying while working.

The most common type of fatal workplace accident involved transportation, including airplanes, motor vehicles and trains. These accidents accounted for 41 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2012. Of the 1,798 fatal transportation accidents in 2012, about 58 percent involved motor vehicles and occurred on highways. The second leading cause of workplace fatalities was assault and other violent acts, representing about 18 percent of workplace deaths. Workplace violence caused 767 deaths in 2012, including both homicides and suicides. Slips, trips and falls were the third leading cause of workplace deaths, causing 508 workers to die in 2012.

Deadly professions

According to report, logging was the most dangerous profession in the country in 2012. The fatality rate in the logging industry was 127.8 deaths per 100,000 workers, and 62 loggers died in total in 2012. The second most dangerous profession was commercial fishing, which had previously been the most dangerous profession for a number of years. The fatality rate among fishing-industry professionals was 117 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2012, with 32 people in the industry dying in 2012. Airplane pilot was the third most dangerous profession. The fatality rate among pilots was 53.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. In 2012, 71 pilots and flight engineers died in on-the-job accidents.

Speak with an attorney

Employers have an obligation to provide safe workplaces for their employees, even in dangerous occupations. Employers who refuse to take this obligation seriously put their employees at risk, and they need to pay when their employees are injured on the job. If you have experienced a workplace injury, talk to a skilled workers' compensation attorney who can help you obtain the benefits you need while you recover.

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