The data for the most dangerous occupations is now available for 2014, and Louisiana residents might fall into some of them. The fatality rates for various occupations are ranked by the amount of deaths that occurred for every 100,000 workers and are compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In 2014, more than 4,800 work fatalities across all U.S. professions occurred, and loggers had the highest fatality rate, followed by fishers and fishing workers, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, roofers, and refuse and recyclable collectors. Logging workers face risks from rough terrain and falling branches. A representative of Big Creek Lumber said that getting treatment after an injury can be difficult as loggers work in rural areas that typically have less hospital access. As a result, an injury that could have been treatable could more readily be fatal due to a lack of health care.
The top five most deadly jobs remained the same as they were in 2013, and many of the same occupations remained on the list though the positions sometimes changed. Police officers moved from the 17th to the 15th most dangerous job, and other hazardous jobs included construction laborers, steel workers, truck drivers and electricians.
Workplace fatalities can happen in any profession even when stringent safety precautions are followed. The surviving family members of a person who is killed on the job may want to meet with a workers’ compensation attorney to see if they are eligible to apply for death benefits under the company’s insurance coverage. These benefits can provide some measure of financial assistance to a family that has lost a breadwinner.