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What Jobs Put Workers at the Most Risk for Injury?

Posted in Workers Compensation on March 31, 2023

Most people do not put their lives on the line when they go to work each day, but that is not the case for every person in Arizona and throughout the US. There are most certainly brave men and women who work in incredibly dangerous industries. Our Phoenix work injury lawyers can help you if you are injured at a dangerous job site. Here, we want to discuss which jobs statistically put workers at the most risk for personal injuries or wrongful death.

Logging Workers

The job of logging workers involves felling trees, cutting logs, and transporting them to sawmills or other processing facilities. This job is extremely dangerous due to the risk of being struck by falling trees or limbs, getting caught in machinery, and exposure to heavy equipment and dangerous tools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the fatal injury rate for logging workers is 56.9 per 100,000 workers, making it the most dangerous job in the US.

Fishermen and Fishing Workers

Fishermen and fishing workers face numerous hazards, including rough weather, high seas, and the risk of being swept overboard. They also work with heavy equipment, sharp tools, and heavy catch, which can lead to serious injuries or death. Additionally, exposure to the elements and long working hours can cause fatigue and exhaustion, which can impair judgment and increase the risk of an injury incident occurring.

Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

Pilots and flight engineers operate and maintain aircraft and are responsible for the safety of their passengers and cargo. The job involves long hours, irregular schedules, and exposure to high altitudes, which can lead to fatigue and physical stress. Pilots also face the risk of equipment failure, weather-related hazards, and air traffic control errors, which can lead to accidents and fatalities.


Roofers work at heights, often on steep slopes, and are exposed to extreme temperatures and weather conditions. They also work with heavy equipment and sharp tools and are at risk of falls, electrocution, and exposure to hazardous chemicals. According to the BLS, the fatal injury rate for roofers is 51.5 per 100,000 workers, making it one of the deadliest jobs in the US.

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Workers in this occupation collect and transport garbage and recyclable materials. The job involves operating heavy equipment and working in traffic, which increases the risk of accidents and collisions. Workers are also exposed to hazardous materials and sharp objects, which can cause serious injuries or illnesses. According to the BLS, the fatal injury rate for refuse and recyclable material collectors is 44.3 per 100,000 workers, making it one of the most dangerous jobs in the US.

Other Dangerous Jobs

This is certainly not a complete list of the most dangerous jobs individuals experience in and around Arizona. We know that these jobs may seem obscure to the everyday reader, but the reality is that there are dangerous jobs in every walk of life. Individuals can sustain the same type of slip and fall injury working at a “safe” office job that they can while logging. Whether a job is “dangerous” or not depends on many factors and situations, and these factors and situations can change in a heartbeat at any given workplace. Some of the most common dangerous jobs around our area in Arizona that are not on this list include police and first responder work, manufacturing jobs, working in the medical field, utility workers, and transportation and delivery jobs. 

If you were injured on the job, contacting a skilled Phoenix workers’ compensation attorney will help you navigate the workers’ comp process, and advocate for you at every step.