10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Most dangerous jobs – roofer installing a roof

Some jobs come with high risk. If you’ve ever flown in a plane or had your roof redone, you probably understand that these jobs can be dangerous. Some other professions, however, might surprise you.

Below are the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America, according to the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.1

  1. Logging
  2. Fishers/Related fishing workers
  3. Aircraft pilots/Flight engineers
  4. Roofers
  5. Trash and recycling collectors
  6. Iron and steel workers
  7. Drivers (Truck and sales workers)
  8. Farmers/Ranchers/Agricultural managers
  9. First-line supervisors of construction trade and extraction workers
  10. Grounds maintenance workers

How Were the Jobs Rated?

The jobs listed above had the highest fatal work injury rate per 100,000 full-time employees.

Drivers (Truck and sales workers), because so many of them are on the road, recorded the highest total number of work-related fatalities: 918 deaths in 2016.

However, some other professions were rated as more dangerous because a higher percentage of their workers suffered fatal injuries.

How Can I Protect Myself?

You can take various steps to protect yourself and your family, including:  

  • Always follow workplace precautions and be aware of your surroundings
  • Never take shortcuts or skip steps in your workflow procedure
  • Always use safety equipment or gear correctly

Also, you could buy Accident Protection Insurance.

Whether or not you have a life insurance policy, accident protection insurance enables you and your family to be prepared, should an accident cause a disabling injury, or cause the unthinkable to happen.

Gerber Life Accident Protection insurance costs as little as 7¢ a day2, with coverage ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 (and up to $200,000 with a spouse). There’s no waiting period, and your approval is guaranteed. No health questions or medical exam required.

Why Should I Get Accident Protection Insurance?

Accident Protection Insurance, also called Accidental Death and Dismemberment, is a way to help protect your family financially should you suffer a disabling injury or fatal accident. The policy can help pay for medical or other expenses resulting from a covered disabling injury or provide money for your family should the unthinkable happen to you.

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1Johnson, David, The Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America, Time, U.S. Jobs, 22 December 2017; http://time.com/5074471/most-dangerous-jobs/

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