While accidents can occur in any workplace, there are some that are more hazardous than others. Certain industries experience high rates of injuries and fatalities despite strict safety standards. This is because these occupations require encountering hazardous substances, using heavy equipment or working in dangerous places.
Financial news website 24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of the 25 most deadly jobs in America. Here are five jobs from the list.
1. HVAC installers and mechanics
People who install and repair heating and air conditioning systems deal with cramped spaces and extreme temperatures. Slips, trips and falls account for 30 percent of deadly injuries among HVAC workers. Contact with dangerous substances and working in dangerous environments account for 27 percent of HVAC fatalities.
An electrician includes anyone who installs, repairs and maintains the following equipment:
- Control systems
Common electrician injuries include falls, electrical shocks and burns.
3. Taxi drivers
Cab drivers and chauffeurs are at a high risk of traffic collisions. Some of these drivers even spend half of their time awake at the wheel. Among these drivers, 50 percent of fatalities are because of roadway incidents while 43 percent are because of violence.
4. Construction workers
It may come as no surprise that construction is one of the most dangerous industries. Common causes of construction injuries and deaths include the following:
- Working at heights
- Interacting with heavy equipment
- Using powerful tools
Falls and mistaken contact with equipment resulted in 15.1 deaths per 100,000 construction laborers in 2016. Construction workers also suffered 24,650 nondeadly accidents in 2016. Common nonfatal injuries include hand injuries and back injuries.
5. Trash collectors
Those who collect waste and recyclable materials face many challenges. Slips and falls are common reasons for injuries among refuse collectors. Transportation incidents and getting struck by vehicles account for the most deaths among sanitation engineers.