Are You Recruiting for a Dangerous Job?

Are You Recruiting for a Dangerous Job?

Before answering yes or no, it’s helpful to define dangerous.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) identifies dangerous jobs by analyzing fatal injury rates by occupation. BLS analysis is a bit complicated, but worth reviewing here.

Fatal injuries rates depict the risk of incurring a fatal work injury for workers in a given worker group expressed as the proportion of fatal injuries per total hours worked annually per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. This allows risks to be compared among different worker groups. To produce a fatal injury rate for an occupation, the number of fatal work injuries in a given occupation is divided by the total hours worked in that occupation, among all workers in that occupation, and multiplied by 200,000,000 (the base for 100,000 equivalent full-time workers working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year).

The methodology allows for comparison, even though not all occupations have the same number of workers.

In 2018, the most recent year for which BLS data is available, driver/sales workers and truck drivers had the most fatalities of any broad occupational group. Logging workers, fishers and related fishing workers, airline pilots and flight engineers, and roofers also had significantly more fatalities than

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