Police officers and other law enforcement officials are often thought of as having a very dangerous profession; however, there are other jobs that have a higher on-the-job fatality rate than law enforcement.
According to data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the five most dangerous occupations in America:
Loggers—Loggers cut down trees using dangerous equipment such as axes and chainsaws. They must often contend with bad weather, falling trees and steep terrain. Their reported fatality rate is ten per every 1,000 workers.
Fishers—On a daily basis, fishers face the threat of drowning, as well as injuries from gear, ice, or entanglement in nets. Their reported death rate is a staggering 60 per every 1,000 fishers.
Airline and Commercial Pilots—Jetlag, plane crashes, and adverse weather conditions are just a few of the work-related hazards airline and commercial pilots have to cope with while navigating aircraft. Their death rate is two per every 1,000 pilots.
Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers—Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers are exposed to potentially fatal injuries each time they operate heavy farm equipment, haul large animals or spray fields with pesticides. Their reported fatality rate is 17 per 1,000 workers.
Athletes—With a fatality rate of almost 2 per every 1,000, athletes who are involved in high contact sports are especially susceptible to deadly brain injuries. In addition, many athletes must travel to and from events and must therefore deal with potential transportation accidents.