MSNBC.com and Forbes.com just posted an interesting article about the most dangerous jobs for American workers. Commercial fishing and truck driving top the list of careers that bring the most injuries and deaths each year in our country.
Anyone who drives on our nation’s highways often for their career is at higher risk of injury or death, according to the article. This includes traveling salespeople, truckers and farmers, to name a few.
Fishing excursions off the coasts of Alaska, Massachusetts and other coastal states take a greater percentage of lives than any other profession, according to the latest workplace fatality numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Apparently highway crashes and motor vehicle accidents were responsible for about one quarter of all work-related deaths last year.
In a year where total workplace deaths declined to 5,702, from 5,764 in 2004, the number of highway deaths edged up by 2 percent. It’s also one of the few categories to trend higher over the past dozen years, rising 6 percent since 1994 as the overall number of workplace deaths declined 14 percent.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, almost two-thirds of all highway fatalities are categorized as “road departures,” as opposed to intersection or pedestrian accidents, an indication of tired drivers veering out of their lanes or off the road altogether.