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Study claims lumberjacks have the most dangerous job

The title of "most dangerous profession" gets thrown around a lot. Some point to the construction industry, where many accidents happen, while the risks of being in the military or on the police force can't be denied. However, one study looked at the numbers for 2013 and determined that lumberjacks actually have the deadliest job in the country.

The study looked at all job-related fatalities for the year and then listed how many fatalities there were for every 100,000 workers. For 2013, there were 91 deadly accidents involving logging operations for each 100,000 lumberjacks. That took the top spot by a fair amount, as the second was fishermen, with just 75. That was followed by aircraft pilots and engineers, with 51, and then roofers, with 39.

Construction workers did make the list, with 18 fatal accidents for every 100,000 workers.

One thing to note about this study is that the relatively small size of the logging industry plays a role. There are only 60,000 workers to account for. This means that a much larger industry -- like construction -- could actually have many more fatal accidents overall, but it would still rank below the logging industry.

For example, in 2012, there were 775 fatal accidents involving private construction companies. That's still just 9.5 for every 100,000 workers, though. The massive size of the construction industry makes the overall numbers look higher, even if it's relatively far safer than being a lumberjack.

Have you lost a loved one in a logging accident? It's a very hazardous profession, and you need to know if you have a right to compensation. This may help to pay for a funeral, a burial, and to cover the loss of wages for years to come.

Source: Priceonomics, "Lumberjack: America's Deadliest Profession," Zachary Crockett, accessed Jan. 13, 2017

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