Workers CompensationWhat are the 6 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.?

December 14, 2015by Aaron Allison

For some workers, an on-the-job fatality or injury is a common occurrence. Police officersiStock_000009703092_Large and firefighters, for example, understand the high risks associated with their professions and are well aware that danger is part of the job. For others, however, danger in the workplace is less obvious, and a job that seems ordinary can be much more dangerous than you’d expect.

Below are the six most dangerous jobs in the U.S., according to Some of the occupations on the list may surprise you.

1. Fishing. Fishers have, on average, the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Malfunctioning equipment, harsh weather, and transportation accidents all factor into the fact that those in the fishing industry require safe working environments and practices.  Fatality rate: 127.3 per 100,000 workers

2. Logging workers. Safety hazards abound when you’re logging outside with heavy machinery, inclement weather, and occasional high altitudes.
Fatality rate: 104 per 100,000 workers

3. Pilots. Major airline pilots have low job fatality rates, but for charter and air taxi pilots, the work is much more risky. Human error is the No. 1 cause of deaths for airplane pilots, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Fatality rate: 56.1 per 100,000 workers

4. Trash collectors. The high number of trash collector deaths can be attributed partly to impatient drivers, who try to pass stopped garbage trucks and end up hitting collectors.
Fatality rate: 36.4 per 100,000 workers

5. Roofers. Falls are the leading culprit in fatal injuries for roofers. Other nonfatal injuries, such as broken bones, make roofing among the most injury-prone jobs.
Fatality rate: 34.1 per 100,000 workers

6. Steel workers. Structural iron and steel workers install iron or steel beams and use cranes to lift the beams. They have one of the highest rates of injuries of all occupations.
Fatality rate: 30.3 per 100,000 workers

Have You Been Injured On-The-Job in Texas?

Unlike most states, Texas employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This creates confusion for an injured worker who is seeking compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages.

Texas workers’ comp law is complicated, and the claim process goes far beyond filling out a form following a workplace accident. Some employers have workers’ compensation coverage, while others choose non subscriber benefit plans. However, there are companies who choose to operate without insurance altogether.

You need an attorney at your side to walk you through the complicated claim process and obtain the benefits you are entitled to by law.

Aaron Allison

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Aaron Allison

Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.