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Some of America's most dangerous civilian occupations

Throughout Tennessee, employees face many work-related dangers daily. The Bureau of Labor Statistics annually conducts a Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and preliminary data for 2014 reveals that the number of recorded work-related fatal injuries around the country was up by 2 percent from 2013's rates. The total on-the-job injuries that proved fatal amounted to 4,585 in 2013, while the total for 2014 was 4,679.

According to the report, 4,251 fatal work-related injuries occurred within the private sector during 2014, a 4 percent increase from 2013. The report also revealed that for every 100,000 full-time equivalent employees 3.3 were fatally injured during the same year.

The CFOI further outlined some of the most dangerous occupations and the reported amount of fatal injuries connected with these jobs during 2014. At the top of the list was the logging industry, which accounted for nearly 80 fatal work-related injuries,or 110 per 100,000 FTE employees. The fishing industry came in second place with 22 fatal workplace injuries, followed by flight engineers and pilots, roofers and garbage collectors. Other occupations listed on the report included the agricultural, steel, trucking and construction industries. The report further noted that the police force experienced a 17 percent increase in fatal work-related injuries in comparison with 2013.

Family members who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident may be eligible to receive death benefits under the workers' compensation insurance policy that most employers are required to have. An attorney can often assist the survivors in preparing and filing the required claim.

Source: ESR Check, "Top Ten Deadliest Jobs in America Revealed", Thomas Ahearn, Sept. 30, 2015

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