How far away is death?
How far away is death: How dangerous is this occupation?
A recent study by 24/7 Wall St. focused on identifying the 25 occupations in 2019 with the highest fatality rates. Among the occupations are electrician jobs, as described by 24/7 Wall. St.: Electrical power line installers and repairers once again made the list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs.
• Fatal injuries: 8.4 per 100,000 workers (2017 statistics)
• Total: 74 fatal injuries, 4,890 nonfatal injuries
• Most common fatal accidents: Falls, slips, trips
• Median annual wage: $54,110
Electricians fix and install power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, factories, and more. While electrical burns might be expected to be the most common fatal injury among electricians, it was actually falls, slips, and trips that accounted for the highest share of the 74 fatal accidents experienced by the group last year. About 1.0% of injuries incurred on the job are fatal, nearly twice the 0.6% national average.
Electricians may also be required to work in cramped spaces, standing or kneeling for long period of times, which can result in injury or disability in the long term.
Also on the list were electrical power line installers and repairers, claiming the following statistics:
• Fatal injuries in 2017: 18.6 per 100,000 workers
• Total: 26 fatal injuries, 1,710 nonfatal injuries
• Most common fatal accidents: Exposure to harmful substances or environments
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