There are dangerous jobs, and there are extremely dangerous jobs. Electrical line workers are near the top of the list.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electric line worker is No. 9 on the list of jobs with the most fatalities per number of workers. With 19.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers, electric line worker is just ahead of construction worker. Loggers are No. 1, followed by fishermen, pilots, roofers, garbage collectors, farmers, ironworkers and truck drivers.
The Bureau’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reflects data for 2014, the most recent year with available annual data. According to the CFOI, the total number and the rate of fatalities per worker has dropped steadily since 1994. However, 2014 marked a slight increase in both measures from 2013.
When the data is broken down by major industries, utilities also made the list, coming in at No. 15. This list includes construction, transportation, government, agriculture and others. There were 17 occupational fatalities in the utilities sector in 2014, at a rate of 1.7 per 100,000 workers.
At the top of the list, the construction industry experienced 899 fatalities at a rate of 9.8 per 100,000 workers. Other industries had fewer total fatalities, but considering these industries had fewer workers, they suffered a higher rate per 100,000. For example, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting experienced a fatality rate of 25.6 per 100,000 workers, while mining and extraction had a rate of 14.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers.