Jo Why Lee

London - United Kingdom

    America’s Most Dangerous Jobs

    September 16, 2013

    Health Insurance

    It takes a range of jobs and industries to keep America running. Many of these jobs, either because of actual working conditions or other factors, may be hazardous to the workers who perform them, causing families to worry and making shopping for health insurance a headache. Laws have been established in order to make worksites as safe as possible for employees, but some professions will always have a level of danger.  New health insurance changes coming with the Affordable Care Act will need to be considered carefully by everyone, including those who work in inherently dangerous professions.

    Coal miners

    Coal mining is much safer than it was in the past, but coal mines are still one of the most dangerous types of work sites in the United States. Coal miners not only contend with the constant threat of a collapse, they also come into contact with equipment and objects that can prove hazardous.

    Construction workers

    Like many other blue-collar workers, construction workers may find it difficult to find affordable health insurance. In 2011 alone, 191 construction workers died on the job. Working at great heights and with heavy machinery, construction laborers endure some of the most hazardous working conditions in the country. Falling, tripping and slipping are among the leading causes of death for construction workers.

    Grounds maintenance laborers

    Groundskeepers may find themselves working in a variety of different situations and with a variety of different types of equipment. Like construction workers, accidents involving tripping, falling and slipping are among the leading causes of death for grounds maintenance laborers.

    Law enforcement officers

    It should come as no surprise to find police and other law enforcement positions on the list of dangerous jobs. Whether out on the roads patrolling or taking down a dangerous criminal, officers face a litany of hazards while on the job. An estimated 18.6 per 100,000 law enforcement officials are killed each year.

    Electrical power-line installation and repair workers

    Most people are aware that, although incredibly useful, electricity can also be very dangerous. Working in close proximity with electricity puts electrical power-line installation and repair workers on the list of people who have the most dangerous jobs. In 2011, 26 of these workers sustained fatal injuries at work. Many of these worksite fatalities result from exposure to electricity, while others stem from falling or tripping accidents.


    There are many different jobs in America that require significant amounts of driving. For taxi drivers, chauffeurs, long-haul truck drivers and others, time spent on the roads is often directly relatable to work hazards. Out of 100,000 full-time workers, an estimated 19.7 taxi drivers and chauffeurs are killed each year. With the inherent danger that comes with driving as a profession, workers in these fields may find it beneficial to carry life and health insurance.

    Ranchers and farmers

    It may come as a surprise, but agricultural workers, such as ranchers and farmers, have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Often driving and working in remote areas and operating heavy machinery, ranchers and farmers run a high risk for fatalities at work. 268 workers in this field were killed on the job in 2011 alone.

    Flight engineers and pilots

    Flight engineers and aircraft pilots may get to travel all over, but they also run the risk of being killed on the job. Each year, for every 100,000 full-time workers in this high-flying field, 56.1 are fatally injured, most frequently as a result of transportation related incidents.


    Working in a range of conditions and environments and at varying altitudes, logging workers are laboring in one of the most dangerous professions in America. Approximately 104 loggers per 100,000 die each year as a result of contact with objects on the job, including falling trees, chainsaws and other machinery.


    Anyone who has seen an episode of “Deadliest Catch” or any one of the numerous other professional fishing documentaries on TV, is probably aware of some of the dangers that come with working on a boat. Treacherous conditions such as rain, sleet, snow and high swells will keep fishermen from hauling in the day’s catch.

    Whether in an office all day, in a vehicle, or even out in the great outdoors, workers across America in all types of jobs may at some point or another face some type of danger while on the job. Some career paths, however, have more hazards than others. For some, the danger is what draws them to their profession of choice, while others find that the hazards are merely an unpleasant part of the job. 

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