AMERICA'S MOST LETHAL JOBS

BLUE-COLLAR JOBS WHITE-COLLAR JOBS
RANK JOB DEATHS/
100,000
RANK JOB DEATHS/
100,000
1 timber-cutters,
loggers
129.0 1 airline pilots 97.0
2 asbestos &
insulation workers
78.7 2 office helpers &
messengers
14.5
3 structural metal
workers
72.0 3 retail sales mgrs
& dept. heads
12.3
4 electric power-line
& cable installers,
repairers
50.7 4 geologists 9.5
5 firefighters 48.8 5 agricultural
scientists
9.0
6 garbage collectors 40.0 6 vehicle dispatchers
& starters
8.3
7 truck drivers 39.6 7 physicists &
astronomers
7.6
8 bulldozer operators 39.3 8 construction
inspectors (pub.
administration)
7.6
9 earth drillers 38.8 9 meter readers,
office machine
operators
7.4
10 craft apprentices 37.5 10 engineers 7.3
11 miners 37.5 11 public administrators
& officials
7.2
12 boilermakers 35.0 12 weighers 7.1
13 taxicab drivers &
chauffers
34.0 13 science technicians 6.7
14 construction workers,
carpenters' helpers
33.5 14 coaches & physical
education teachers
6.6
15 millers 33.3 15 private administrators
& managers
6.6
16 surveyors' helpers 33.3 16 real-estate agents 6.6
17 sheriffs & bailiffs 32.4 17 pharmacists 6.5
18 roofers & slaters 31.9 18 athletes, kindred
workers
6.5
19 metal molders 26.6 19 surveyors 6.1
20 flight attendants 23.0 20 bldg. superintendents 5.8
21 oilers & greasers 22.5 21 veterinarians 5.2
22 excavating, grading
& road machine oper.
20.9 22 assessors 5.2
23 crane operators 19.3 23 restaurant managers 5.1
24 police & detectives 17.5 24 computer specialists 5.0
25 bakers 16.9 25 insurance adjusters 4.9
26 engravers 16.6 26 sales managers 4.7
27 millwrights 15.5 27 union officials 4.6
28 sawyers 15.4 28 funeral directors 4.5
29 tailors 15.0 29 architects 4.3
30 forge and hammer
operators
14.2 30 school administrators 4.2
31 farm machine
operators
14.2 31 chemists 4.2
32 platerers 14.2 32 inspectors 3.9
33 ship fitters 14.2 33 ticket agents 3.7
34 butchers 13.8 34 advertising agents 3.6
35 loom operators 12.5 35 editors & reporters 3.6

Source: Ubell, Earl. 1989. "Is Your Job Killing You?" Parade Magazine (Jan. 8):4-7.

For most up-to-date statistics check out the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

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