The Most Dangerous Jobs in the Country

Working in a Dangerous Industry

While every job has its risks of danger, some of the most dangerous jobs in the country may surprise you. These three occupations often have many hazards that come with the job and, in many cases, can put workers at risk of a severe injury.

Sanitation Workers

Sanitation workers face many hazards every day, including the following that often lead to serious injuries:

  • Accidents with other motorists who don’t see sanitation workers getting in and out of their trucks.
  • Inclement weather can make road conditions slick, thus increasing the risk of an accident.
  • Hazardous materials left in bags can cause sanitation workers to be exposed to harmful chemicals if they are not properly disposed of or appropriately contained.
  • Working with dangerous equipment such as the hopper that is used for crushing garbage.
  • Falling off of trucks is not uncommon for sanitation workers since they are required to stand and ride on the back when picking up waste.
  • Slip and falls from spills often happens when a bag opens with liquid inside.

Construction Workers

The following are common reasons why construction workers are injured on the job:

  • Equipment accidents involving tools or machinery.
  • Accidents involving demolition equipment.
  • Electrical accidents, fires, and explosions that can cause a critical burn injury.
  • Moving and lifting heavy objects.
  • Collapsing or caving of trenches.
  • Crane accidents.
  • Fall from heights.


Whether you are on the road as a sales worker or a commercial driver delivering goods, if your job requires you to be behind the wheel for a good portion of your workday, you have one of the most dangerous jobs. Drivers are more at risk of sustaining an injury from a serious motor vehicle crash.

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