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Hands down, the lumberjack is the most dangerous job in America.

When it comes to the most dangerous jobs in America, the top spot goes to lumberjacks. Taken from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2016, the number of fatal injuries in the logging industry was just shy of 136 per 100,000 workers.

In perspective, the second most fatal profession, fisherman, had 86 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. This illustrates that a lumberjack doesn’t just work extremely hard for his/her money, but also incurs the most risk and possible death.

The chart below rounds out the final eight of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America.

Most Dangerous Jobs

  1. Logging workers: 135.9/100,000
  2. Fishers and related fishing workers: 86/100,000
  3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 55.5/100,000
  4. Roofers: 48.6/100,000
  5. Trash and recycling collectors: 34.1/100,000
  6. Iron and steel workers: 25.1/100,000
  7. Truck and sales drivers: 24.7/100,000
  8. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural manager: 23.1/100,000
  9. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers: 18/100,000
  10. Grounds maintenance workers: 17.4/100,000

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