Agriculture and forestry industries highlighted as most dangerous

Nov 29, 2010

The forestry industry is one of the most dangerous to work in

Each job carries certain positive and negative aspects for people. While work conditions are monitored by the government, some occupations present more hazardous conditions than others. In some cases, jobs can even be fatal.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 4,000 people fell victim to a fatal workplace injury last year. Those working in the agriculture and forestry industries had the highest number of fatalities at 26 per 100,000 workers, according to the BLS.

While the number of such workplace fatalities may seem high, the numbers for 2009 are actually a decrease from the previous year. The BLS reports that more than 5,000 people experienced a fatal workplace accident in 2008.

The BLS notes, however, that the decline may have something to do with the fact that people worked fewer hours last year.

The report highlights how even something as simple as going into work can end in tragedy. Those who are exposed to hazardous conditions on the regular basis may want to consider purchasing life insurance. A life insurance policy can help ensure a family is taken care of financially in the event of a fatal workplace accident taking place.

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