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What's the deadliest industry in America?

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down workplace injury and fatality data from 2015 by industry and occupation. The annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries identified one industry that saw many more workplace deaths than any other.

Which industry holds the dubious distinction of being the deadliest? We'll give you a hint: It's not manufacturing, deep sea fishing or even construction. Read on to learn more.

Danger behind the wheel

According to Overdrive Magazine, the BLS report indicates that transportation is the deadliest industry in America. Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers saw the highest number of fatalities in 2015: a staggering 745.

There were 1,264 total work-related deaths on American roadways in 2015, That doesn't include workplace fatalities from materials moving and air transportation -- the entire transportation and moving industry saw 1,301 fatalities, constituting more than a quarter of the country's 4, 836 total workplace deaths.

Other deadly jobs in 2015

While transportation was by far the deadliest industry in 2015, several other professions saw high rates of fatalities as well. Some other hazardous industries identified in the report include:

  • Construction -- 694
  • Installation, maintenance and repair - 392
  • Management - 379
  • Building and grounds maintenance/cleaning - 289

Is your workplace safe?

No matter what industry you work in, you are entitled to a safe workplace. If you have any concerns about your working environment, consider speaking to an HR representative or supervisor, or to a government agency that regulates workplace safety.

Some accidents are inevitable, whether because of negligence by an employer or simple bad luck. When they do, it's vital that you protect yourself and your loved ones by working with an attorney experienced in work accident claims. 

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