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PODCAST: The Deadliest Jobs in New England

Thursday, February 13, 2014

 

More than 700 workers have died from job-related injuries and other incidents in New England between 2008 and 2012, with more than half of all reported workplace fatalities occurring in just a handful of industries, according to data obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Related Slideshow: New England Worker Fatalities

Below are the top 25 deadliest jobs in New England, based on the absolute number of fatalities for each occupation from 2008 to 2012, the most recently available year. Along with fatality figures, the median salary for each position, the overall occupation category, and the number of on-the-job deaths for each category are included. Where necessary, descriptions of each job are also provided. Data was obtained from the New England office of the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics in Boston. Note that data for 2012 remains preliminary. It will be finalized later this spring.

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#25

Social Workers

Number of Fatalities: 6

Median Salary: $39,980 to $54,560

Occupation Group: Community and social service occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 12

Note: Category encompasses several specific occupations, including social workers in the child, family and school, health care, mental health and substance abuse fields. Because of insufficent data a breakdown by specific occupation was not available.

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#24

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

Number of Fatalities: 8

Median Salary: $36,820

Occupation Group: Sales and related occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 26

Note: First-line supervisors directly oversee and coordinate activities of retail sales workers in an establishment or department. Duties may include management functions, such as purchasing, budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.

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#23

Driver/Sales Workers

Number of Fatalities:8

Median Salary: $22,670

Occupation Group: Transportation and material moving occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 167

Note: Includes those who drive trucks or other vehicles over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up or deliver items such as commercial laundry. May also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery. Includes newspaper delivery drivers. Excludes Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers and Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers.

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#22

Farmers and Ranchers

Number of Fatalities:9

Median Salary: $69,300

Occupation Group: Management Occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 37

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#21

Roofers

Number of Fatalities: 9

Median Salary: $35,290

Occupation Group: Construction and extraction occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 129

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#20

General Maintenance and Repair Workers

Number of Fatalities: 9

Median Salary: $35,210

Occupation Group: Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 53

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#19

Commercial Pilots

Number of Fatalities: 9

Median Salary: $73,280

Occupation Group: Transportation and material moving occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 167

Note: Category includes those who pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, National, and international airline pilots.

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#18

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Number of Fatalities: 9

Median Salary: $30,220

Occupation Group: Transportation and material moving occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 167

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#17

Janitors and Cleaners (Excluding Maids and Housekeepers)

Number of Fatalities: 10

Median Salary: $22,320

Occupation Group: Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 52

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#16

Electricians

Number of Fatalities: 10

Median Salary: $49,840

Occupation Group: Construction and extraction occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 129

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#15

Firefighters

Number of Fatalities: 12

Median Salary: $45,250

Occupation Group: Protective service occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 48

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#14

Fallers

Number of Fatalities: 12

Median Salary: $35,250

Occupation Group: Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 64

Note: Fallers use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.

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#13

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Number of Fatalities: 12

Median Salary: $36,610

Occupation Group: Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 53

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#12

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Number of Fatalities: 12

Median Salary: $22,820

Occupation Group: Transportation and material moving occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 167

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#11

Painters, Construction and Maintenance

Number of Fatalities: 13

Median Salary: $35,190

Occupation Group: Construction and extraction occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 129

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#10

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers (By Hand)

Number of Fatalities:15

Median Salary: $23,890

Occupation Group: Transportation and material moving occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 167

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#9

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Number of Fatalities: 16

Median Salary: $55,270

Occupation Group: Protective service occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 48

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#8

Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Number of Fatalities: 16

Median Salary: $32,310

Occupation Group: Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 52

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#7

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Number of Fatalities: 18

Median Salary: $23,570

Occupation Group: Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 52

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#6

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

Number of Fatalities: 18

Median Salary: $29,390

Occupation Group: Transportation and material moving occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 167

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#5

First-Line Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers

Number of Fatalities: 22

Median Salary: $59,700

Occupation Group: Construction and extraction occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 129

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#4

Carpenters

Number of Fatalities: 24

Median Salary: $39,940

Occupation Group: Construction and extraction occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 129

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#3

Construction Laborers

Number of Fatalities: 26

Median Salary: $29,990

Occupation Group: Construction and extraction occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 129

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#2

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Number of Fatalities: 34

Median Salary: $33,430

Occupation Group: Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 64

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#1

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Number of Fatalities: 59

Median Salary: $38,200

Occupation Group: Transportation and material moving occupations

Total Occupation Fatalities: 167

 
 

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