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BLS data used to rank US jobs with the worst fatality rates

In late 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. This data was used to rank the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. If Louisiana employees are not familiar with the ranking, now is the time to review it; some of the listed jobs may be surprising.

The top three were logging workers, fishing workers and aircraft pilots and flight engineers. The logging industry experienced 135.9 fatalities out of 100,000 full-time or equivalent workers. The fishing industry, which held the No. 2 position, had a fatal work injury rate of 86. While logging and fishing may have had the highest rates based on total workforce, the most overall fatalities came from the truck and sales transportation industry. This group saw 918 deaths in 2016.

The top 10 list also included farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers; construction supervisors and extraction workers; and grounds maintenance workers. The leading cause of worker deaths were transportation accidents (accounting for 40 percent of all deaths), followed by workplace violence. Workplace violence includes not just workers killing other workers but also workers being assaulted and robbed by customers.

After a workplace accident, a victim can take advantage of the workers' comp program and possibly be compensated for medical bills and wages lost during the recovery process. If the victim died, a family member or other eligible dependent could receive a settlement covering the burial and paying out a percentage of the decedent's wages in weekly installments.

To make the process as smooth as possible, the victim or dependent can consider getting legal assistance. A workers' comp attorney can assist with the appeal should the claim be denied.

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