It is well known that some jobs are more dangerous than others. For instance, it makes sense that a construction worker is more likely to be injured as compared to a copy editor. In fact, in some jobs, no matter how many safety precautions are taken, injuries and even death may be inevitable. According to USA Today, the most dangerous job in the United States where data related to injury and death is concerned is logging.
There are several factors that make this job particularly dangerous. First of all, logging works with a lot of dangerous machinery and the cargo itself, timber, is extremely heavy and part of logging is essentially making trees fall down. Additionally, this sort of work also happens to take place in areas that are typically quite far from medical aid. If there is an accident, time is of the essence. Some accidents that may be easy to rectify in a hospital potentially become fatal on a logging site just due to the lack of immediate medical attention.
The second most dangerous job on the list is being a fisherman. Several of the aspects that make logging so dangerous also apply to this profession: heavy machinery, and in an area that is not close to immediate medical supervision.
To put this in perspective, it is estimated that logging is nearly 38 times more dangerous than the “average” profession. But no matter how dangerous logging may be, it is important to keep in mind that one of the most dangerous things that the average American does on a regular basis is get into a car.