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Fatal on-the-job accidents plague vital industries

Fatal workplace injuries are devastating for the family members who are left behind to mourn the loss of their loved one. There are some workers who are in more danger of being involved in a fatal workplace accident just because of the industry in which they work. The most dangerous jobs in the country are vitally important, but the workers who hold those jobs kiss their loved ones bye in the morning without any knowledge that they will make it home.

Logging workers lead the pack when it comes to dangerous jobs. This industry has a death rate of 110.9 per 100,000 workers. Interestingly, that industry only had 78 deaths, which isn't the highest number of deaths in total. Drivers and truckers have the highest number of deaths in total with 880.

Coming in second on the list were fishers and workers in that industry. The death rate there was 80.8 per 100,000 workers. These workers provide a critical service since fishers provide one of the foods that many Americans count on as part of a healthy diet.

Rounding out the top five most dangerous jobs are airline pilots and flight engineers, roofers and refuse or sanitation workers. Can you imagine life in this country without people working in those dangerous industries?

For the family members who lose a loved one to an on-the-job accident, life in the coming days, weeks and years will be difficult. Learning about ways to soften the financial blow won't bring a loved one back, but it might give the family members some relief while they work on the grieving process.

Source: Time, "The Most Dangerous Jobs in America," David Johnson, accessed Dec. 07, 2016

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