According to the preliminary results of the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal work injuries in the United States in 2011 was 4,609, down slightly from the final total of 4,690 in 2010. The CFOI program also revealed that the most dangerous job in America belonged to fishermen based on their highest rate of fatality, although truckers suffered the most total deaths of any occupation. For more information about the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program, visit: The 2011 CFOI program found that the rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2011 of 3.5 per 100,000 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) workers dropped slightly from a final rate of 3.6 per 100,000 FTE workers in 2010. However, ten occupations in particular attained higher fatality rates per 100,000 FTE workers than all others, with fisherman having the highest fatality rate of 121.2 per 100,000 FTE workers and truckers having the most total deaths with 759. The ‘Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in America’ according to the 2011 CFOI program were:

  • 1. Fishermen (Fatality rate of 121.2 per 100,000 FTE workers / 40 total deaths).
  • 2. Loggers (Fatality rate of 102.4 per 100,000 FTE workers / 64 total deaths).
  • 3. Airplane Pilots (Fatality rate of 57 per 100,000 FTE workers / 72 total deaths).
  • 4. Sanitation Workers (Fatality rate of 41.2 per 100,000 FTE workers / 34 total deaths).
  • 5. Roofers (Fatality rate of 31.8 per 100,000 FTE workers / 56 total deaths).
  • 6. Iron Workers (Fatality rate of 26.9 per 100,000 FTE workers / 16 total deaths).
  • 7. Farmers and Ranchers (Fatality rate of 25.3 per 100,000 FTE workers / 260 total deaths).
  • 8. Truckers and Deliverymen (Fatality rate of 24 per 100,000 FTE workers / 759  total deaths).
  • 9. Electrical Power Linemen (Fatality rate of 20.3  per 100,000 FTE workers / 27  total deaths).
  • 10. Taxi Drivers (Fatality rate of 19.7 per 100,000 FTE workers / 63  total deaths).
Other key preliminary findings of the 2011 CFOI program included:
  • Transportation incidents made up 41 percent of fatal occupational injuries, and 23 percent of those were roadway incidents.
  • 780 workers were killed as a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals, about 17 percent of the fatal injuries in the workplace in 2011.
  • Of the 375 fatal work injuries involving female workers overall, 21 percent involved homicides. In nearly 2 out of every 5 of these homicides, the assailants were relatives.
  • There were 152 multiple-fatality incidents in 2011 where more than one worker was killed in which 354 workers died.
  • 458 workers died of fatal occupational injuries involving homicides and 242 died of suicides. Shootings were the most frequent manner of death in both homicides (78 percent) and suicides (45 percent).
Final data from the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) will be released in Spring 2013. Additional information about the CFOI program is available at For information about background checks as part of a Safe Hiring Program (SHP), please visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority ’– at, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. To learn more about the new updated second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR’s Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen, visit: Sources: About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more, visit, call 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. About ESR News: The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected]. To subscribe to the complimentary ESRcheck Report monthly newsletter, please visit]]>


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