In 1970, a year with 14,000 on-the-job fatalities, Congress passed legislation creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In addition to reducing fatalities – there were just 5,200 on-the-job deaths in 2016 – the agency keeps detailed statistics about accidents, fatal or otherwise, that happen when people are at work.
Assuming your occupation isn’t on this list, you have a pretty good chance of surviving the work day. OSHA says 3.6 out of every 100,000 people die on the job each year. Those are about the same odds you have of being murdered by a firearm or, if you're a woman, of dying from cervical cancer.
If you work in any of the jobs on this list, however, you're taking a risk. The death rates in these jobs are at least twice as high (and as much as 20 times higher) than the average death rate for all jobs. And that's not even counting their high rate of non-fatal workplace injuries.
These jobs are proof that, as effective as OSHA has been in reducing workplace fatalities, some jobs are just downright dangerous.