The Most Dangerous Jobs

What’s the worst thing that could happen to you today at work? It is spilling your coffee in the breakroom or struggling with your internet? Or is it even something a little painful, like a mishap with a stapler or elevator door? If a minor injury is the worst thing that could happen today, consider yourself lucky. Instead, you could be working at one of the most dangerous jobs in America!

The Most Dangerous Jobs

The most dangerous occupations are typically those that involve heavy machinery, high amounts of electricity, and heights. These include jobs in:

  • Roofing
  • Structural iron and steel work
  • Electrical power line installation and repair
  • Refuse and recyclable collection
  • Aviation

Other dangerous jobs involve tough environments, and include:

  • Fishing
  • Logging
  • Farming and ranching

All these jobs sound intimidating to the average desk-worker. Would you want to be dangling from powerlines or hauling fish over the side of a boat in a storm? We sure wouldn’t. But we should appreciate the people who do these jobs, because they are bringing great things to the United States. People with dangerous jobs build our buildings, maintain our electricity, and keep our cities clean, while farmers and loggers supply food and fuel.

Dangers in Everyday Occupations

According to the Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries, certain groups also have higher chances of fatalities, regardless of their field of employment. One notable group was workers over the age of 65. Because they are older, they are more likely to be fatally injured by a common accident, like a fall, than a younger employee would. Male workers are also five times more likely to die in a workplace accident than female employees, and Latinx people had the highest fatality rate of any ethnicity. In professions like banking and retail, there is a higher chance of death by homicide.  This is also true for people who work alone, work in secluded areas, or handle large amounts of money at work.

No matter the industry or injury, it’s important for injured workers (or the families of fatally injured workers) to pursue compensation.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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