Dec 28, 2007

Maybe The Most Boring Post Ever

I was reading a list of the most hazardous jobs in 2006 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to the BLS, the job most likely to get you killed is commercial fisherman. Commercial fishermen die on the job at a rate twice that of the next most hazardous job, aircraft pilots and flight engineers. Anyone who has seen the TV series about commercial fishermen can understand why they top the list. In 2006 about 5700 people were killed while doing their jobs. Overall, about 4 or every 100,000 workers died on the job. The list of hazardous occupations is fairly predictable when you look at it. The jobs are mostly hard physical work that often pay below average wages. (Occupation with death rate per 100,000 workers) 1. Fishers --- 141.7 2. Pilots --- 87.8 3. Loggers --- 82.1 4. Structural steel workers--- 61.0 5. Garbage and recycling workers--- 41.8 6. Farmers and ranchers --- 37.1 7. Electrical linemen--- 34.9 8. Roofers--- 33.9 9, Truck drivers--- 27.1 10. Farm workers--- 21.7 All US workers--- 3.9 As you can see the odds of being killed as a commercial fisherman are over 36 times more likely than say a helpful hardware man. Another interesting bit of information is the distribution by age. It seems that the older you are, the more likely you are to be fatally injured on the job. Workers over 45 were more likely to die on the job than average, with workers over 65 being 2.8 times more likely to be killed on the job than the national average. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

6 comments:

Squirrel said...

I have a few cousins who worked as commercial fishermen out of Killybegs, the largest fishing port in Ireland. (The free State) anyway, they'd go out in these huge vessels for sometimes more than a year away from home,and it is extremely hard work, long hours, and not the kind of adventure anyone really wants. Nothing glamorous about it.

I think most Americans would guess logging and farming would be the most dangerous-- anyone who as ever survived doing an accidental wheelie on a tractor knows how tricky they can be.

Steel Worker and recycling accidents--I wouldn't want to try and picture what some of those must look like.

I would have thought young people (teen and twenteens) would be the ones to fall off of roofs and into salsa vats. But no...

em--watch out for falling tool debris at Ace, loose nuts on the floor, and customers carrying metal rods. Does Ace sell lumber?

d. chedwick bryant said...

The ocean is mysterious.

Debbie M said...

Squirrel, I bet young people do fall off of roofs and into salsa vats, but they bounce better. Older folks are more likely to die on the job, but they're also more likely to die off the job.

Merle, if this is boring, I love boring. When I saw your title, I thought to myself that surely this couldn't be more boring than the twenty blogs I read a few days ago that were nothing more than holiday greetings. Not only is it not, it's less boring than most normal journal entries out there in cyberland.

Steve said...

God, how depressing, to die at work!

Anonymous said...

Steve--
dying while cutting through the mall food court might be worse. that's why I never take that short cut.

Kurt said...

Do they take into account whether the hardware store worker sasses the customers?