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The top 5 most dangerous jobs in America

Every day, millions of Americans set off for work. Some of these people feel completely safe and protected while at their job and do not have any safety concerns. Others face intense danger each day as they pursue their chosen career. While accidents can happen at any job, there are some positions that are more dangerous than others. Time magazine reported on the most dangerous jobs in America in 2014, including many industries that employ North Carolina residents. Here are some of the top fields to watch out for.


Ranked as the number one most hazardous occupation, logging industries reported 110.9 deaths for every 100,000 employees. Part of the reason this number is so high is that loggers are often working with dangerous equipment in forested areas far from hospitals and needed medical care.


Coming in at number two is fishing-related workers. There is a big drop in the number of deaths from the logging profession, with the fishing industry reporting 80.8 fatalities per 100,000 people. The coastal location of North Carolina means that there are more fishers in this state than in many inland locations.

Flight engineers and aircraft pilots

There is a reason why flying is a fear for many people. Pilots and engineers for aircrafts reported the third highest death rate, with 64 of every 100,000 workers sustaining fatal injuries in 2014.


Installing and repairing roofs can be a dangerous career, as shown by the 47.4 fatalities for every 100,000 workers. This is just one of many fields involving professionals working high off the ground, something that naturally increases the chances of injury or death.

Recyclable material and refuse collectors

This one is surprising, but cleaning up garbage and recycling can be a risky job choice. The number of fatalities per every 100,000 workers was 35.8, making it the fifth most dangerous job in the country.

While these were the industries with the highest percentage of fatalities, the field with the highest number of deaths was reportedly truck drivers or driver/sales workers, who lost 880 individuals to workplace accidents in the year 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 4,821 total workers who lost their lives on the job in that year. 

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