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These are the most dangerous jobs in America

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting top the list of the deadliest jobs in the United States, according to a recent analysis.

These occupations have the highest rate of employee deaths, with 18.6 deaths per 100,000 workers, the AFL-CIO found in the study, based on 2022 labor data (the latest year available). . Other very dangerous jobs included working in mining, quarrying, and oil extraction (16.6 deaths per 100,000 workers); transportation and storage (14.1); and construction (9.6).

In total, nearly 5,500 workers died on the job in the United States in 2022, up from 5,190 the year before, according to the union’s analysis.

The number of deaths is rising, in part because some employees fear potential retaliation if they point out the unsafe conditions of their work, forcing many workers to work in an unsafe environment, the president of the union said. AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler, in a press release. Workplace drug overdoses, fatal violence against coworkers and suicides have also contributed to rising workplace deaths, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

For many workers, farming has long been a dangerous profession. Farmers and farm workers are exposed to lung-damaging dust, while animal feces also contain mold or bacteria, according to federal health data. Falls from ladders, farm machinery and grain bins pose another risk.

At the same time, miners often work in confined underground spaces where toxic or explosive gases, such as hydrogen sulfide or methane, can be released, and also face the risk of collapse.


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Not surprisingly, states with large numbers of agricultural and extractive workers had the highest mortality rate, with Wyoming topping the list with 12.7 deaths per 100,000 workers, according to the AFL-CIO. The list was completed by North Dakota (9.8 deaths); Mississippi (6.9); New Mexico and West Virginia (6.8); and Louisiana (6.4).

The AFL-CIO analysis also found that mortality rates among workers of color were higher than among other employees. The mortality rate for Latino workers in 2022 was 4.6 per 100,000 workers, compared to 3.7 for all workers. The death rate for black employees was 4.2 per 100,000 workers, its highest level in nearly 15 years, the union said.

“The recent bridge collapse tragedy in Baltimore was responsible for the deaths of six Latino immigrant workers who were performing roadwork on the bridge at the time of the collapse,” the AFL researchers wrote. IOC. “This incident highlights the dangerous work immigrants do every day to provide for people in the United States and the harmful consequences on their families and communities when workplaces are unsafe.”

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