512 The Most Dangerous Jobs in America

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Nearly twice as many engineers as nurses died of fatal injuries while working in 2014, a new federal report found. The culprits in the 21 engineer and 12 nurse deaths included falls, car accidents and exposure to deadly chemicals.

But those fatalities didn’t place either occupation on the list of the most dangerous jobs in America, because the fatalities were relatively rare compared to the total number of workers: engineers, for example, lost 1.2 lives for every 100,000 workers

Compare that to 111 deaths for every 100,000 loggers, who had the most dangerous civilian job in the U.S. in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recently updated Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries. Common dangers include falling branches and rough terrain.

I – Word Understanding
Culprit – the cause of a problem
Fatalities – death by accident, war or disease

II – Have Your Say
1. What would you consider the most dangerous job?
2. What are some risks in your own job?
3. From loggers to pilots, here are the jobs considered most dangerous in America. Please share your opinion what make these jobs risky and what is the current situation of these jobs in your country:
a. Logging workers
b. Fishers and fishing related workers
c. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
d. Roofers
e. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
f. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers
g. Structural iron and steel workers
h. Drivers/ sales workers and truck drivers
i. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
j. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
k. Construction laborers
l. Maintenance and repairs workers
m. police
n. Electricians
o. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

512 The Most Dangerous Jobs in America

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