Loggers had the most dangerous civilian job in the U.S. in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recently updated Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries. Some of Houston’s most dangerous jobs made the list of deadliest jobs.
Commercial fishermen had the second deadliest occupation in 2014. Fishermen lost their lives at a rate of 80.8 per 100,000 workers in 2014. By comparison, the overall death rate for full-time workers was just 3.4 per 100,000 workers. Fishermen are at risk of falling overboard into icy and dangerous waters. They also suffer injuries in vessel disasters including flooding and capsizing. It is no wonder the Deadliest Catch has its famous name.
Truck drivers are dying at a rate of 24.7 per every 100,000th driver. Truck driving can be a boring job. Drivers do the same thing for a long time. Drivers find ways to entertain themselves. These distractions can be dangerous on the road. Not to mention, many drivers may not comply with federal regulations about break times and on duty hours. Trucking companies must enforce driver downtime to prevent tired drivers behind the wheel.
A total of 72 aircraft pilots and flight engineers died in 2011, bringing the industry's fatality rate to 64 per 100,000 workers. Plane and helicopter crashes can be triggered by a wide range of factors, including equipment failures and a lack of maintenance.
Loggers have the highest fatality rates. Logging was the deadliest job in 2014. Loggers were killed at a rate of 110.9 per 100,000 workers. Loggers can be struck and killed by falling objects. Loggers are also killed by chainsaws and heavy equipment.
Being a garbage collector is a thankless job. It’s also a deadly one. Not only do the large machines that crush anything pose a threat, but so do cars and hazardous waste. Cars do their best to jet around garbage trucks and collectors. Getting hit by impatient drivers is a real threat for trash collectors. Although we aren’t supposed to, people may through away hazardous materials. These pose a risk to sanitation workers.
Roofing is a dangerous business. It’s also a busy business following hailstorms and hurricanes. Roofers die at a rate of 47.4 per 100,000 workers. This makes it the fourth deadliest job. Roofers are at risk of electrocution from contacting energized overhead lines. Roofers also run the risk of falls, especially if they need, but aren’t provided with fall protection.
Legal Remedies for Injured Workers
While Houston's most dangerous jobs are risky, they can be made more dangerous by employers. Employers may fail to provide safe equipment. They may also fail to provide a safe working environment. When this happens, workers face even greater dangers. People who have been injured on the job should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss their legal options.