When it comes to dangerous jobs it’s easy to assume police, defence forces and firefighters will top all the lists, but when it comes to most lethal jobs they don’t even make the top five.
Canada’s most dangerous industry is Fishing and Trapping, with 52 workplace fatalities per 100,000 workers. The mining and natural resource industry follows closely with 46.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers. These are followed by logging and forestry (33.3), construction (20.2) and transportation and storage (16).
Overall Canada’s safety record is good, with just 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
That’s about on par with the USA, which has a fatality rate of 3.2 workers per 100,000. However, America’s logging industry proves more dangerous than any role in Canada, with a fatality rate of 127.8 per 100,000.
After logging, which had a total of 62 loggers killed on the job in 2012, the fishing industry is the next most dangerous with a fatality rate of 117 per 100,000, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics. These industries are followed by airplane pilots and flight engineers, roofers, and iron and steel workers.
Australia’s fatality rate is one of the lowest with just one death per 100,000 workers. Like Canada, commercial fishing tops the list of most fatalities, following by mining, road train drivers – who make up 15% of all road fatalities – and construction workers. Farmers and rubbish collectors also make the country’s list of top 10 most dangerous jobs.
Tracking worker compensation claims shows fishing and farming are the most dangerous industries in New Zealand, with claim rates double the national average. The fishing industry has a fatality rate of 47 per 100,000 workers. Manufacturing and construction also topped the list for most claims.
Farm workers are most likely to be injured on the job in Britain – almost half of the workers who were fatally injured were farmers or farm workers. Construction and manufacturing workers are also over-represented on the list. Together they make up just 15% of the workforce, but almost half of fatal industrial accidents. However, England has the distinction of having one of the lowest national fatality rates of just 0.6% per 100,000 workers.
Most dangerous jobs in the world:
|2. Deep Sea Fisherman
|3. Bush Pilots
|5. Personal Transport Drivers
|6. Land Mine Removal
|7. Sanitation Workers
|8. Search and Rescue
|9. Metal crafters