Top 10 Deadliest Jobs

In my last post, we discussed a very important topic.

Throughout the world some workers navigate deadly work environments just to bring home a steady income. These workers must follow strict safety training and protocol in order to stay alive. A safety audit and/or a job hazard analysis and training should be conducted with every employee. A safety consultant would observe a worker in their environment to adequately assess the worker’s training needs. These employees should be trained not only on how to perform their job safely but also on how to operate within a hazardous environment. The following is a compilation of the ten deadliest jobs. The ranking is based on deaths per hundred thousand, ordered from greatest danger to least.


Loggers work with sharp-edged hand tools, and chainsaws in an environment of heavy machinery, overhead hoisting systems and massive pieces of falling timber, sometimes at life-threatening heights.

Average median salary: $33,630

Number of jobs: 44,000


A fisherman’s work environment is wet, sometimes icy and always located on a steel vessel constantly being tossed about by ocean forces. The implements of their job involve ropes, gaff hooks, heavily loaded baskets, nets swinging from cranes, and despair.

Average Median Salary: $33,430

Number of jobs: 31,300

Total deaths in 2013: 27

Aircraft Pilots

Air travel may be statistically that safest mode of travel, but when things go wrong aboard an aircraft, they go all th way wrong. High velocities and altitudes that can be measured in miles make the prospect of surviving an aerial mishap ver yslim.

Average median salary: $98, 410

Number of jobs: 104,100


Imagine you’re an office worker, except that your workstation sits atop the uneven terrain of a roof with unguarded edges. Suddently that safety harness and those special boots seem like a really good idea, even though they don’t help with the filing of all those TPS reports, Right? And then it rains..

Total deaths in 2013: 89

Average Salary: $35,290

Number of jobs: 132,700

Recyclable Material Collectors

The type of waste they collect may not stink, but their job safety statistics do. Clinging to the business end of a giant hydraulic compactor truck with poor driver’s rear-view visibility through traffic between one stop and the next, probably less it’s nostalgic similarity to fire engines pretty quick.

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