Certain jobs in New York are more dangerous than others. According to statistics from the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most deadly job in the United States is logging work. Last year, 77 logging workers suffered fatal injuries on the job. That figure represents 109.5 fatal work injuries per 100,000 full-time workers. The fatal work injury rate for all U.S. workers as a whole was only 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers.
The second most deadly job in the U.S. was fishing work with 80.8 fatal work injuries per 100,000 full-time workers. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers were found to work in the third most deadly occupation, and roofers had the fourth most deadly occupation. The fifth and sixth most deadly occupations in 2014 were garbage collecting and farming, respectively.
The 2014 CFOI also included evidence that the rate of fatal work injuries among government workers declined by 12 percent since 2013. On the other hand, the workplace fatality rate among people who are self-employed went up by 10 percent in 2014. Last year, there was a 17 percent increase in fatal workplace accidents affecting police officers and police supervisors. Female workers and workers over the age of 55 also experienced an increase in fatal work injuries in 2014.
Fatal workplace accidents can be financially devastating for a deceased worker’s family members. After a worker is killed on the job, the decedent’s loved ones may want to speak with an attorney about the procedure involved with filing a claim for workers’ compensation death benefits.