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The most dangerous jobs for American men

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that the number of fatal injuries for civilian workers increased in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most dangerous jobs were spread over 10 particular industries, and most of the jobs were performed by men.

According to the BLS, 4,836 civilian workers lost their lives on the job in 2015, which was slightly higher than in 2014. The agency also reports that the death rates among Hispanic or Latino workers and workers over the age of 65 remained high. Loggers had the most dangerous job for men in America in 2015, with a fatal injury rate of around 132 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fishers came in second on the list, with a death rate of around 55 per 100,000. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers ranked third, with a fatal injury rate of slightly more than 40 per 100,000. Roofers came in fourth, with 40 deaths per 100,000, and refuse and recyclable materials collectors came in fifth, with 39 per 100,000.

Iron and steel workers came in sixth on the list, with 30 deaths per 100,000 workers. Truck drivers were seventh, with 24 fatal injuries per 100,000. Farmers and ranchers ranked eighth, with 22 deaths per 100,000. Meanwhile, electrical power installers and repairers and landscaping supervisors came in ninth and tenth, with death rates of 21 and 18 per 100,000, respectively.

Workers injured on the job may be eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, which provide medical coverage and financial support during recovery. Most employers are required by state law to provide this coverage, and an attorney could be helpful in describing the types and amounts of benefits to which a client could be entitled.

Source: CNBC, "The 10 most dangerous jobs for men," Marguerite Ward, Jan. 4, 2017

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