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Construction jobs are among the nation's deadliest occupations

Construction sites of all kinds present serious dangers, including construction accidents caused by falls, heavy machinery and weather. It's no wonder, then, that construction-related occupations made up three of the top 10 deadliest jobs in the U.S., according to information released by the Bureau of Labor statistics.

· Roofers have the fourth deadliest job in the U.S., with about 70 fatalities in 2012, according to preliminary estimates. That number gives roofers a fatality rate of 40.5 per 100,000 workers. The dangers of these jobs come from heights, summer heat and other factors.

  • Structural iron and steel workers, who mold and set metal construction materials, have the fifth most dangerous job in the U.S. About 22 of these workers died in 2012, for a fatality rate of 37 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  • Construction laborers have the tenth most dangerous job in the U.S. Their jobs often involve heavy physical labor at construction sites, which put them at risk of fatal accidents from tools, equipment and heavy machinery. About 210 workers died in 2012, which give this job a fatality rate of 17.4 fatalities per 100,000 full time workers.

Other dangerous jobs include loggers, fishers, aircraft pilots, garbage and recycling collectors, electrical power-line installers, drivers and truck drivers, and farmers.

The list of top 10 most dangerous jobs comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Overall, the census shows that the number of fatal accidents in the U.S. fell slightly in 2012, with 4,383 deaths in 2010. In 2011, there were 4,693 deaths.

If a loved one has been killed in a construction accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses and pain and suffering. An experienced New York wrongful death attorney can explain your options.

Source: Forbes, "America's 10 Deadliest Jobs," Jacquelyn Smith, August 22, 2013

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