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Study: professional drivers, pilots, in dangerous lines of work

| Apr 5, 2019 | Workplace Safety |

Many people who live in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and the suburban counties of Rockland, Orange, and Westchester work in jobs that are known to be potentially dangerous and even deadly. In fact, many may work in professions that, at least as of 2017, ranked as the deadliest in the country.

For example, given New York’s proximity to the coast, many residents may be employed in the fishing industry. According to statistics, the fishing industry experiences almost 100 deaths per 100,000 full-time employees, making it the deadliest profession in the country. The second most dangerous job is logging, with over 84 deaths per 100,000 employees.

What may be of interest to some readers is that pilots of airplanes are in the third most dangerous lines of work. In fairness, though, the fatality rate is considerably less than both logging and fishing, with almost 49 flight engineers and pilots per 100,000 losing their lives. Still, while airplane accidents are scary, they are rare enough such that many may not think of working in air transport as especially dangerous.

Likewise, professional truck drivers and others who have to drive a lot for a living, including marketing representatives, also are working in a very risky profession. Drivers experience a fatality rate of about 27 per 100,000.

Although this rate is less than some occupations known for being risky, like roofing and working in the steel industry, it is higher rate than that experienced even by those who work on electrical lines and those in agriculture.

Many people in New York may not even realize that they work in jobs where workplace safety is a significant issue. They and their families should remember that injured workers do have legal options after an accident.

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