Your State’s Most Dangerous Job

With any job, there are certain safety precautions we should all take—but some occupations are risky no matter how you behave. If knowledge is power, then it’s important to know if your job may be putting you in harm’s way. That’s why TermLife2Go took a good look at the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find out which job in each state results in the most fatalities per 1,000 people.

They had some intriguing findings, like the fact that the trade, transportation, and utilities industry is the most dangerous in the US, with 21 states claiming the most work-related fatalities in this industry. This includes jobs in production, material moving, transportation, and maintenance occupations, such as truck driving, production of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and grocery store jobs.

The natural resources, mining, and construction industry tied for the second most deadly in the country. Wyoming had the most work-related deaths per 1,000 people, in part due to a higher population of aging workers, who are more susceptible to fatal injury on the job.

Key Takeaways

Though the most dangerous jobs remain pretty consistent between each state, there are a few that stand out:

  • Hawaii is the only state that has the most fatalities in military occupations.
  • Maine and Nevada are the only two states that have the most fatalities in service jobs (and specifically, Nevada’s are in the leisure and hospitality industry).
  • Indiana and Nebraska are the only two states that have the most deaths in management, business, science, and arts occupations, such as those employed by elementary and secondary schools, hospitals, and colleges, universities, and professional schools.
  • Texas had a whopping 545 work-related across all jobs.

What’s the Most Dangerous Job in Your State?

State Most Dangerous Job Total Number of Fatalities Across All Jobs
Alabama Production, transportation, and material moving 100
Alaska Production, transportation, and material moving 35
Arizona Transportation and material moving 77
Arkansas Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 68
California Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 376
Colorado Production, transportation, and material moving 81
Connecticut Production, transportation, and material moving 28
Delaware Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 12
Florida Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 309
Georgia Production, transportation, and material moving 171
Hawaii Military occupations 29
Idaho Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 30
Illinois Production, transportation, and material moving 171
Indiana Management, business, science, and arts 137
Iowa Production, transportation, and material moving 76
Kansas Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 74
Kentucky Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 92
Louisiana Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 95
Maine Service occupations 18
Maryland Production, transportation, and material moving 92
Massachusetts Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 109
Michigan Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 162
Minnesota Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 92
Mississippi Production, transportation, and material moving 71
Missouri Production, transportation, and material moving 124
Montana Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 38
Nebraska Management, business, science, and arts 60
Nevada Service occupations 54
New Hampshire Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 22
New Jersey Production, transportation, and material moving 101
New Mexico Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 41
New York (including NYC) Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 272
North Carolina Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 174
North Dakota Production, transportation, and material moving 28
Ohio Production, transportation, and material moving 164
Oklahoma Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 92
Oregon Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 72
Pennsylvania Production, transportation and material moving 163
Rhode Island Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 9
South Carolina Production, transportation, and material moving 96
South Dakota Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 31
Tennessee Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 122
Texas Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 545
Utah Production, transportation, and material moving 44
Vermont Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 10
Virginia Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 153
Washington Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 78
West Virginia Production, transportation, and material moving 47
Wisconsin Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 105
Wyoming Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 34

Wrapping Things Up

Keep in mind that even if you work a job in your state’s most dangerous category, it doesn’t mean the job is innately dangerous. It all depends on a cocktail of circumstance, training, your ability to effectively execute the job, and your practice of safe work-related behavior. But, of course, accidents can still happen (and they do). If you’re employed at one of these jobs, how do you stay safe? Share with us in the comments.

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