Every kind of job comes with its own safety hazards, but there are certainly some jobs that have more safety concerns than others given the nature of the job and the type of equipment or materials it involves. Based on a study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 , these are the statistics for the 15 different major industries identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

15. Utilities workers: 23 deaths in 2012; 2.5 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Employees of gas, water, and power companies

14. Information workers: 42 deaths in 2012; 1.5 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Employees of publishing, telecommunications, and broadcasting companies

13. Financial activities: 85 deaths in 2012; 0.9 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Bankers, insurance, investors

12. Educational and health services: 141 deaths in 2012; 0.7 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Teachers, nurses, lab technicians

11. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: 181 deaths in 2012; 15.9 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Miners, employees on oil rigs

10. Other services (excluding Public Service): 199 deaths in 2012; 2.7 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Laundry services, pet care, religious workers

9. Wholesale trade: 204 deaths in 2012; 5.4 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Merchant wholesalers, beer and wine distributors

8. Leisure and hospitality: 232 deaths in 2012; 2.2 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Hotel concierges, theme park employees

7. Retail trade: 273 deaths in 2012; 1.9 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Employees of grocery stores, clothing stores, or restaurants

6. Manufacturing: 327 deaths in 2012; 2.2 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Factory workers, mill workers

5. Professional and business services: 409 deaths in 2012; 2.7 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Managers, administrative workers, lawyers, accountants

4. Government: 453 deaths in 2012; 2 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Anyone employed by the federal, state, or local government

3. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting: 509 deaths in 2012; 22.8 deaths per 100,000 workers

Examples: Farmers, fishermen, conservation workers

2. Transportation and warehousing: 741 deaths in 2012; 14.6 deaths per 100,000

Examples: Postal workers, truck drivers, pilots

1. Construction: 806 deaths in 2012; 9.9 deaths per 100,000

Although the construction industry had the most number of deaths in 2012, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting had the highest rate of worker deaths, in part because there are less people employed in that industry than in construction.

These statistics reveal that all industries can experience safety issues on the job that result in injuries, illnesses, or even deaths of workers. Employees in all industries need to be aware of the particular risks found in their job and how to make sure that they are being as safe as possible. If you were hurt in a work related incident, or if someone you love has died in a work related accident, give our offices a call today.

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