TRASH COLLECTION: THE 5TH MOST DANGEROUS JOB IN THE US
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, ranking refuse and recyclable material collection as the occupation with the 5th highest fatality rate in the US for the second year in a row, behind logging workers, fishers, aircraft pilots, and roofers.
The data indicates that there were 27 worker fatalities in 2014, which is a drop from 33 worker fatalities in 2013. However, the 2014 fatality rate increased to 35.8% from 33% in 2013. The drop in fatal injuries, but the increase in fatality rate could be attributed to a smaller number of workers in this occupation.
Data gathered indicates that vehicle accidents and workers being struck by mobile equipment are the leading causes of fatal injury to refuse and recyclable material collectors.
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