Workplace fatality data infographic from eTrainingEnlarge Photo
When we think about dangerous jobs, we often think of firefighting, law enforcement, construction -- jobs that can be physically demanding. But in fact, new data suggests that driving is one of the deadliest occupations, claiming more lives each year than most of the others combined.
That data comes from eTraining, which cobbled together data from the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to paint a picture of workplace safety across multiple industries.
When you look at fatality rates, the most dangerous jobs are, in fact, the ones you might expect. Fishing, for example, has the dubious distinction of being the deadliest job in America, with with 116 deaths per 100,000 employees. Loggers and aircraft pilots/engineers come in next, at rates of 91.9 and 70.6. In fact, people who drive for a living -- people like big-rig drivers and delivery personnel -- don't appear on the chart until #8, with 21.8 deaths per 100,000.
But of course, that's because there are many more people who work as drivers than fishermen, which brings down the fatality rate. In terms of raw numbers, though, driving is far and away the deadliest job in America, with 683 deaths recorded in 2010 alone. The second-most dangerous was farming, which saw 300 deaths that same year.
Other important takeaways from the infographic:
If you have time this Wednesday, take a look at the data, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.