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What is the most dangerous work industry?

Earlier in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 71 people were killed on the job in Mississippi in 2016, down by five from the previous year. Of that number, 34—nearly half—were due to transportation incidents. The next highest category of job-related deaths was workers who received injuries from other people or animals. Fatal contact with equipment and objects was the third-highest category with 12 fatalities.

These numbers are in line with nationwide statistics that attribute transportation incidents with the highest number of work fatalities at 40 percent. Violence and injuries received from other people and animals was the second-leading cause of death at 17 percent, followed closely by slips, falls and trips at 16 percent.

Here are several other categorizations to consider:

  • In Mississippi, 92 percent of job-related fatalities were men, in keeping with the national percentage. Transportation incidents accounted for nearly half of the men’s fatalities.
  • Of the total work-related deaths, 68 percent were white non-Hispanics, nearly the same percentage that this same group saw nationwide.
  • Half of the fatalities were suffered by those in the 25-54 age group, which compares to 57 percent nationally.
  • Of the total state deaths, 82 percent worked for others, while the remainder were self-employed.

Of Mississippi’s 34 transportation-related deaths, private transportation and warehousing saw 15 fatalities, while general freight trucking saw six deaths. Private construction accounted for nine deaths, five of them in specialty trades. Breaking it down further, the majority of transportation workers who died had jobs moving material, with 18 of them being either heavy truck drivers or tractor-trailer drivers.

This article contains important information about job-related injuries and deaths. It is not meant to be taken as legal advice.

 

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