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Top 25 Dangerous Jobs – Highest Injury Rates 2011 and 2012


Top 25 Dangerous Jobs Using BLS Statistics

The Top 25 Dangerous Jobs list contained a few surprises.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes many great employment statistics.  When I was searching for the injury rates of the teacher from yesterday’s article, I came across the injury rate rankings of the most dangerous occupations.

U.S Bureau Of Labor Statistics Top 25 Dangerous Jobs Logo
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These are not the fatality rates that are referred to when mentioning dangerous jobs. This list is the highest risk for injury when compared to the same number of work hours. 

For the sake of readability and to fit all browsers, the rankings could not place them side-by-side for comparison. The Top 25 Dangerous Jobs rankings are by SIC Code.  The SIC codes differentiate between State and Local government facilities.

The usual industries with high injury rates were really no surprise except Skiing Facilities.   I had not really considered them to be a high-risk occupation.  One has to remember that these are all analyzed by the business or organization’s  SIC code, not the Workers Compensation Classification Codes.  

The companies and organizations that were highly ranked in 2011 and 2012 may be the most dangerous overall.  The  types of employment that appeared on the 2011 and 2012 lists in the Top 10 are:

1. Fire protection>

2. Nursing and residential care facilities (State Govt.)

3. Skiing facilities

4. Police protection

5. Travel trailer and camper manufacturing

6. Manufactured home (mobile home) manufacturing 

7. Iron foundries

Graphic of Top 25 Dangerous Jobs Workers Comp Walking on thin Rope above the stoming Clouds


  1. Nursing and residential care facilities (State Govt)
  2. Manufactured home (mobile home) manufacturing
  3. >Police protection
  4. Travel trailer and camper manufacturing
  5. >Iron foundries
  6. 1>Fire protection
  7. Truck trailer manufacturing
  8. Truss manufacturing
  9. >Heavy and civil engineering construction
  10. Skiing facilities
  11. Iron and steel forging
  12. Veterinary services
  13. Nursing and residential care facilities (Local Govt)
  14. >Hog and pig farming
  15. Beet sugar manufacturing
  16. Prefabricated wood building manufacturing
  17. Hospitals
  18. Ambulance services
  19. Secondary smelting and alloying of aluminum
  20. Materials recovery facilities
  21. Correctional institutions
  22. Animal (except poultry) slaughtering
  23. Aluminum foundries (except die-casting)
  24. Aluminum die-casting foundries
  25. Light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing


  1. Fire protection
  2. Nursing and residential care facilities
  3. Steel foundries (except investment)
  4. Ice manufacturing
  5. Skiing facilities
  6. Police protection
  7. Travel trailer and camper manufacturing
  8. Manufactured home (mobile home) manufacturing
  9. Iron foundries
  10. Copper foundries (except die-casting)
  11. Pet and pet supplies stores
  12. Seafood canning/li>
  13. Nursing and residential care facilities (Local Government)
  14. Soft drink manufacturing
  15. Ambulance services/li>
  16. Aluminum foundries (except die-casting)
  17. Beet sugar manufacturing
  18. Light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing
  19. Truck trailer manufacturing
  20. Metal tank (heavy gauge) manufacturing
  21. Hospitals
  22. Heavy and civil engineering construction
  23. Beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots
  24. Plate work manufacturing

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