Loggers

dangerous jobs
  • Deaths per 100,000 workers: 91.3
  • Median wage: $33,630

Even though most trees are now safely cut down using big harvesting machines, not all of them can be downed that way.

When loggers use handheld power saws, they're much more vulnerable to injury from falling tree limbs and dangerous equipment.

Those daily threats make logging the most dangerous job in the country, with 91.3 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still, it's an improvement from the year before -- when there was 128 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Jerry Bonagofsky, CEO and safety director for the Washington Contract Loggers Association, credits the improvements to the adoption of safer equipment and procedures.

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First published September 11, 2014: 1:03 PM ET
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2013 and Injury and National Wage Data.