What are the most dangerous occupations in the United States? Most people in Connecticut have intuitive answers to this question, but the actual statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the United States Department of Labor provide some clear cut answers to the question of which occupations have the highest rates of workplace fatalities.

The BLS recorded 5,190 deaths from workplace accidents in 2016. When calculated as a percentage of 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, the overall rate is 3.6, a 7-point increase from 2015. Logging workers had the highest rate of fatalities for any single category in 2016: 135.9 per 100,000 FTEW. The second most hazardous category was fishing and fishing workers, with a rate of 86.0. The high ranking of this category will not be much of a surprise to persons who live on or near Connecticut’s Atlantic coast. The next most three dangerous categories were pilots and flight engineers (55.5/100,000 FTEW), roofers (48.6./100,000 FTEW), and refuse and recyclable material collectors (34.1/100,000 FTEW).

The work activity that was the most common fatal event in 2016 was transportation. Violence and other injuries inflicted by persons or animals was second most common. Falls, slips and trips comprised the third most numerous group of fatal accidents.

Workplace fatalities were slightly higher in 2016 than in 2015. This increase means that workplace accidents are a too common cause of death and injury. Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a workplace accident may wish to consult a lawyer who is experienced in workers’ compensation claims for advice on filing a claim and assistance in handling any appeal that may follow.

Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, “National Census pf Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016,” accessed on Dec. 30, 2017