Seven jobs more dangerous than farming

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Agriculture is a dangerous industry, but just how risky is it? While it makes Bankrate, Inc.’s top 10 of most dangerous jobs, agriculture is overshadowed by seven other risky professions.

Coming in at No. 8, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that agriculture has a fatality rate of 26.1 per 100,000 workers. 

“Working the land may be one of the oldest professions, but new efficient technology has done little to make the job any safer,” Bankrate explained. “Long hours and close, consistent contact with heavy machinery and equipment represent the bulk of injuries and fatalities on the job, which is largely represented by transportation incidents.”

Jobs ranked more dangerous than farming include

  1. Fishing, with a fatality rate of 127.3 per 100,000 workers
  2. Logging workers, with a fatality rate of 104 per 100,000 workers
  3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers, with a fatality rate of 56.1 per 100,000 workers
  4. Refuse and recyclable material collectors, with a fatality rate of 36.4 per 100,000 workers
  5. Roofers, 34.1 per 100,000 workers
  6. Structural iron and steel workers, 30.3 per 100,000 workers
  7. Helpers, construction trades, 26.8 per 100,000 workers

Read, “10 of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.”

The National Safety Council, however, lists agriculture as the most hazardous industry in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a fact sheet to help keep agricultural workers safe, including improving farm safety and recognizing risk factors on farms. Click here more.

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Will Winter    
Minnesota  |  May, 22, 2013 at 08:42 AM

Too bad the survey doesn't include cancer and chronic degenerative death due to chronic exposure to carcinogenic herbicides, endocrine disruptors, toxic dairy cleansers, mycotoxins and other pollution that factory-farm workers or GMO farmers are exposed to. Farm workers on "modern", so-called farms probably deal with more pollution and pesticide exposure than any of the other 7 dangerous occupations. Organic farmers have a much cleaner and probably safer career, their only hazard is the ill wind that might blow off of any factory-farm or confinement livestock operation within several miles of their own clean land. Same if they happen to live "downstream" from a factory-farm. Unless they raise food for their own consumption, most American farmers live in a "food desert" where acquisition of organic or grass-fed meats is virtually impossible, thus contributing to more health hazard over the years. Except for the internet, farmers also tend to be far more isolated from community, conversation, and social connection than others, an isolation that might also contribute to more likelihood of loss of mental health, and therefore physical health. I wonder if the survey included suicide in the fatality rate? Even though some modern safety devices can be a minor irritant, I'm grateful for OSHA standards that require roll bars on tractors, seat belts and cages on skid-steers, hand guards on augers, and other safety devices ,the lack of which that I know to have killed or mangled many a farmer.

LaMar Grafft    
Iowa  |  May, 22, 2013 at 09:13 AM

Actually, agriculture is the most dangerous occupation, but technically it includes commercial fishers and loggers as well as farmers and ranchers. Construction is second and includes all categories of construction.

David Brand    
Indiana  |  May, 22, 2013 at 07:47 PM

Will Winter- do us all a favor and go troll the Internet somewhere else. Take your activist propaganda crap and talk to your little crazed group who has never even set foot on a real farm and only reads the junk that HSUS and PETA puts out. Get a life of your own and quit trying to destroy the lives of others by spewing lies about what it really means to be a provider for the world. I feel sorry for you that you think somehow spreading lies and belittling others will somehow improve your life. Pathetic.

Joe Dairyman    
USA  |  May, 22, 2013 at 09:15 PM

Will Winter, I agree with David. People are living longer today than they ever have. Modern Agriculture is the only way to feed the world. Organic Agriculture is a joke. It's a license to charge more money. Why are organic farmers not using a wheel barrow, donkey and a shovel? Sounds like you don't know anything about farming and producing food. Just because you go to the grocery store pick out a item that says organic doesn't make you a expert. I hope you go hungry some day. People like you don't appreciate hard working farmers.