The 10 most dangerous jobs in the US, and ‘police officer’is not one of them. [Workers World]

by Deirdre Griswold

Jan 15, 2015

Facts are very stubborn things. Very often they contradict what is considered general knowledge. Which raises the question: What is general knowledge? Isn’t it the opinions and attitudes fed constantly to the public through the dominant media? It takes big social upheavals to unseat the widespread lies that conveniently justify the status quo.

Take the question of dangerous jobs. We hear a lot these days about certain occupations being very dangerous…

…So let’s look at the official government figures on the 10 most dangerous occupations in the U.S. in 2011, the most recent year of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here they are, in descending order, starting with the most fatalities per 100,000 workers in that occupation. Also listed are the total numbers of deaths that year in that category, as well as the median salaries for the type of work.

1. Fishing: 127.3/100,000, 42 fatalities, median salary $25,590

2. Logging: 104/100,000, 65 fatalities, $32,870

3. Pilots and flight engineers: 56.1/100,000, 71 fatalities, about $100,000

4. Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 36.4/100,000, 30 fatalities, $35,230

5. Roofers: 34.1/100,000, 60 fatalities, $34,220

6. Structural iron and steel workers: 30.3/100,000, 18 fatalities, $44,540

7. Helpers, construction trades: 26.8/100,000, 15, about $25,000

8. Farmers, ranchers, agricultural managers: 26.1/100,000, 268, $60,750

9. Truck drivers: 25.9/100,000, 485, $38,200

10. Natural resources and mining: 22.1/100,000, 721, $54,020

Did you notice something about this list? Something missing?..

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Original article title: “10 most dangerous jobs. Guess who’s not there?”

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