Farmers and ranchers

dangerous jobs
  • Deaths per 100,000 workers: 21.8
  • Median wage: $69,300

Grain farmers Ade and Candie Loomis say tasks like transferring wheat to silos can be risky business.

During that process, farmers use a screw-like device called an auger that raises the grain from the hopper to the silo. The exposed, spinning shaft of the auger can latch onto a worker's clothing and severely injure them.

"It doesn't stop turning," said Candie Loomis.

Other dangers farmers and ranchers need to look out for: tractors or all-terrain vehicles can overturn; large animals can kick or crush workers; and heavy equipment can always injure its operator.

An abundance of caution has helped Loomis stay out of harm's way but it takes focus and discipline while working such long physically demanding hours out in the elements.

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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.

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