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Deadly jobs in Maryland and beyond

The Business Journals recently released their list of 10 deadly jobs for the period between January 2017 and September 2018. Some of the occupations aren’t necessarily a surprise — contractors and loggers, for example, whose professions expose them to myriad risks every day — but some are unexpected.

10. Logging – logging was tenth on the list, with 24 total workplace fatalities during the relevant timeframe.

9. Water and sewer line contractors – with 27 total on-the-job deaths, water and sewer line contractors came in ninth on the list. Many of these deaths are likely due to trench collapses and other jobsite hazards.

8. Plumbing and HVAC – there were 31 total fatal injuries for plumbers and HVAC contractors between January 2017 and September 2018.

7. Site preparation contractors – 32 site preparation contractors lost their lives in workplace accidents. Wall collapses, trench collapses, heavy equipment accidents and other accidents are likely to blame.

6. Electrical contractors – there were 34 electrical contractor deaths in the timeframe examined by The Business Journals.

5. Coal mining – the myriad dangers of coal mining were once again highlighted by the 34 deaths in mines between early 2017 and mid-2018. Mine collapses, toxic fumes and mine flooding are just some of the many hazards faced by coal miners each day on the job.

4. Framing contractors – 38 framing contractors were killed on the job. Falls and wall collapses are likely culprits behind these fatal accidents.  

3. Highway, street and bridge construction – 51 highway, street and bridge construction contractors and laborers were killed during the relevant time period. Many of these were no doubt killed because of distracted or speeding drivers in work zones. Move-over laws like the recently expanded one in Maryland aim to prevent such deaths.

2. Roofing – 64 roofers lost their lives in accidents (most likely falls and roof collapses) between January 2017 and September 2018.

1. Landscaping – somewhat surprisingly, landscaping topped the list, with 77 deaths on the job. This means that landscaping is more hazardous than firefighting, law enforcement, commercial fishing and other jobs seen as traditionally “dangerous.”

 

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