1. Logging workers
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Fatal injury rate: 135.9 per 100kFatal injuries per year: 91Most common cause of fatal injury: Contact with objects and equipmentMean annual salary: $40,830Educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent38 times more likely to have a fatal injury than the average worker
Loggers have by far the highest fatal injury rate of any other occupation, with nearly 100 on-the-job fatalities in 2016. Working with hazardous power tools and heavy equipment pose their own threats (as evidenced by the most common cause of fatal injury), but transportation incidents occur with some frequency as well. This is also the only occupation listed here wherein contact with objects and equipment is the most prevalent fatal injury. With a fatal injury rate that’s 38 times higher than the national average, logging more than earns the top spot—for now—as America’s most dangerous occupation.