Five of the Most Dangerous Jobs in America

In Florida, transportation incidents and falls, slips or trips are the two categories of fatal occupational injuries in Florida –transportation incidents resulted in 107 fatal work injuries and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 62 fatalities. These two major categories accounted for 57 percent of all workplace fatalities in Florida.

There were 299 occupational deaths in Florida in 2017. Forty-four were categorized self-employed occupational fatalities, and 255 were categories wage and salary occupational fatailities.

— US Bureau of Labor Statistics Southeast

There are a lot of dangerous jobs out there, but somebody has to do them. The people who risk their lives every day to complete these necessary tasks deserve some credit. Below, we discuss some of the most dangerous jobs in America and why exactly they deserve this title. We’ve put together this information from a study completed by AdvisorSmith. Read on for more information about these dangerous jobs and the risks people take each day to do them.

North Central Florida boasts an abundance of timber, and is home to several logging and timber related companies, including Klausner Lumber One, Suwannee River Mulch (a division of Suwannee Lumber Company), and Georgia Pacific Corporation in both Palatka and Perry.

— North Florida Economic Development Partnership


With fatal injury rates of about 109.3 per 100,000 workers, logging is often considered the most dangerous job in America. In 2017 alone, there were 55 total deaths in the industry. What makes logging so dangerous? These workers spend almost all their time operating heavy machinery to fell trees and handle logs in forests and other isolated areas.

Most common fatal accident: Contact with logging machines, logs, and other equipment

Florida waters in 2018 …

59 Killed, 307 were injured while boating in Florida.

— Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 2018 Boating Accident Statistical Report


Fishing is another dangerous job. Fishermen and other people who work in the fishing industry are responsible for not only catching fish, but also navigating boats and maintaining engines and fishing gear. In total, 41 fishermen died in 2017. These deaths most often occur when workers are exposed to hazardous weather conditions such as storms, wind, and fog while they’re out on the water.

Most common fatal accident: Drowning


Roofing is a hazardous occupation, as slipping is a common occurrence. These workers are responsible for installing, repairing, or replacing roofs of homes and buildings. Heights are the main dangers of this job, as roofers work atop buildings as they secure shingles, metals, and other materials. In 2017, the fatal injury rate for roofers was around 45.2 per 100,000 workers, and there were 91 fatal injuries. Keeping safe at these heights is essential for survival.

Most common fatal accidents: Slips, trips, and falls

Power Line Repairmen

This is another job where heights play a huge role. Linemen install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power systems. Pair the height with the electrical element, and you’re in for quite the hazardous job. One of the most important things linemen can do for their safety is understand the importance of fall protection harnesses—without them, the fatalities would be much higher for this career.

Most common fatal accidents: Exposure to harmful substances or environments and falls


Our final job on this list is the courageous firefighter. Firefighting isn’t as dangerous as logging, since it doesn’t result in as many fatal injuries. However, the nonfatal injury rate for firefighters is quite high comparatively, at 927 per 100,000 workers. In emergency situations where life, property, and the environment are at risk, firefighters step up and do their best to control and extinguish fires—all while putting their lives in danger.

Most common fatal accidents: Fires and explosions

Though these jobs are dangerous, they must be done. Anyone who decides to pursue this career deserves an immense amount of credit. We are thankful for people like you!

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