The 10 Most Deadly Jobs for 2021

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Almost everyone complains about their job on occasion. But if you’re a logger, groundskeeper or truck driver, you might have greater concerns than most.

These are among the most dangerous jobs in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest annual report on fatal occupational injuries, which reflects data from 2019.

In total, there were 5,333 work-related deaths recorded in the United States that year, an increase of 2% from the prior year — and the largest number since 2007.

Transportation incidents accounted for 2,122 of those work-related deaths. These were, by far, the most frequent type of fatal events. The second-most fatal incident type — falls, slips and trips — accounted for 880 deaths.

Other causes for work-related deaths include violence, such as homicide; contact with objects and equipment, such as being struck by a falling object; exposure to harmful substances or environments; and fires and explosions.

Following are the jobs that are most risky based on their fatal work-injury rates.

10. Grounds maintenance worker

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 19.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

9. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 23.2 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

8. Structural iron and steel workers

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 26.3 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

7. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 26.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent worker

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 35.2 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Even the pay tends to stink in this profession. See for yourself in “Here’s How Much Trash and Recycling Collectors Earn in Every State.”

5. Helpers in construction trades

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 40 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

4. Roofers

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Fatal injury rate for this job: 54 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 61.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

2. Logging workers

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 68.9 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

1. Fishing and hunting workers

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Fatal injury rate for this occupation: 145 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

Fatal injury rate across all occupations: 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers

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