5 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

5 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

Hey everyone. It's my first blog post for Rugged Legacy. I'm sure the 3 or 4 of you that are going to read this are absolutely thrilled to hear from me. 

5 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. - loggingI've been writing in other places for years and have a following in the several. Now you all get to be exposed to my wit and brilliance. Lucky you.

I've been doing posts on our Facebook and Instagram pages (a real professional would link to them here so you can find them, but I'm guessing you don't care too much and if you do actually care, you should be able to find them) over the last few weeks about some of the crazy jobs our fans out there are doing every day.

So that got me thinking about those jobs and how some of you out there are doing some dangerous things every day. That thinking then lead me on a Wikipedia rabbit hole journey reading about the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. and I landed on this article from Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (yes that's what I do with my time at night). There have a bunch of jobs listed, but because I'm nice, I'm only going to talk about 5.

The 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

#5 Garbage Collectors

Fatal Injury Rate: 34 per 100,000 workers

It's not one you might think about as a dangerous job, but they are out on the roads every day for work driving and hopping off their rigs with other idiot drivers around them all the time.

#4 Roofers

Fatal Injury Rate: 41 per 100,000 workers

Now this one makes sense. That job is crazy. I'm amazed that there are folks out there doing this job. I don't like getting on my ladder to clean my gutters (so I don't) and couldn't imagine working every day on those precarious roofs. And not for nothing, but did you see how I just used precarious? Pretty impressive huh? That's some good writing there Lou.

#3 Derrick Operators in Oil, Gas, and Mining

Fatal Injury Rate: 46 per 100,000 workers

Ok Roughnecks, where you at? Lots of things make this job dangerous and it's not a surprise to see this as the 3rd most dangerous job in the U.S. Lots of machinery, long hours, heights, vehicles, oh and sometimes fires and explosions. Crazy job.

#2 Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

Fatal Injury Rate: 53 per 100,000 workers

Seeing this one at #2 you might be wondering how it's possible. So apparently, the fun crew at the Bureau of Labor Statistics counts all people who fly planes or who do Flight Engineering (because that's a thing) no matter where they do it. So if you're thinking you don't hear much about American Airlines pilots dying, that's because the vast majority of deaths in this field come from privately owned planes and helicopters. Moral of the story here? Don't fly on your buddy's plane.

#1 Logging Workers

Fatal Injury Rate: 111 per 100,000 workers

Check out those numbers. 111 out of 100,000. See how big a jump it is from the others in the top 5? Logging seems to be crazy dangerous. The rate of fatal injury in Logging is 33 times greater than the average for all jobs. That is insane.


So there you have it. Some pretty dangerous jobs out there and we know some of our fans are out there doing them. Any of you 4 or 5 who might stumble on this post do any of these jobs? Be sure to let us know.



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