It seems pretty straightforward that police officers, industrial workers
and construction workers have dangerous jobs. However, recent information
shows that although workers in those industries do often get
injured on the job, they still do not have the deadliest occupation. Readers in Pittsburgh
may be interested to know that designation belongs to truck drivers and
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year alone, 683 workers
who drive to fulfill a large portion of their work responsibilities died
on the job. Almost four out of 10 on-the-job fatalities involved transportation.
Although vehicle-bound workers have the highest occurrence of on-the-job
fatalities, there are other professions that rank high on the list. Farming
and ranching was the profession with the next highest number of deaths
coming in at 300 lives lost. The other most common causes of death at
work were violence, falls and equipment.
When the statistical measure is altered from straight numbers of deaths
to the rate of fatalities, the story changes significantly. That is, when
looking at the numbers of deaths per 100,000 workers on full-time schedules,
the fishing industry came in first followed by loggers, pilots and flight
After the occurrence of a workplace injury, the employee is entitled to
receive workers' compensation benefits. In cases such as those previously
discussed involving the death of an employee, the employee's family
is entitled to receive benefits under workers' compensation.
When an individual dies from a fatal injury at work, their family can recover
the workers' compensation death benefits from the employer. This compensation
can help them pay for any expenses that have arisen as a result of the
accident. Although nothing can bring back a lost loved one, this compensation
has the potential to relieve some of the financial stress.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Safe at work? Deadliest jobs involve driving," Tiffany Hsu, Aug. 23, 2012