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What types of jobs are most dangerous for Maryland residents?

Every job poses some sort of injury risk - even the most sedate of desk jobs. Still, numbers provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shed light into which jobs are the most dangerous based on the rate of fatal injuries. While some of the jobs highlighted for work accidents may come as no surprise to Maryland residents, others may prove somewhat shocking.

Take, for example, the fifteenth most dangerous job on a list published by Business Insider - Construction equipment operators and operating engineers. At a rate of about twelve injures per 100,000 workers, including 47 deaths in 2011, the job may not be the most dangerous in America, but it is understandable how it may have achieved its level of notoriety. Construction sites are inherently dangerous, with many heavy commercial machines in use and less than optimal work conditions due to the nature of the work. The same can be said for coal mining, which is next on the list, as well as those who work in the fishing industry, which comes in at number one with an astounding rate of 127.3 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers.

However, other jobs might invite more surprise. For example, at number sixteen on the list are those involved in sports such as coaches, athletes and referees suffered 23 fatal injuries in 2011. Meanwhile, chauffeurs and taxi drivers came in at number nine on the same list while pilots and flight engineers were near the top of the list at number 3.

Not every Maryland resident holds one of the jobs noted on the list, but accidents can happen to anyone while on the clock. When accidents do occur and a person suffers a serious work injury, they may have to seek medical attention and miss time at work - whether they were injured manning the decks of a fishing boat or mopping the floors of a local convenience store. In such cases, workers' compensation is meant to help support the injured person while they recover, helping to counterbalance lost wages associated with a work accident.

Source: Business Insider, "The 16 Most Dangerous Jobs in America," Gus Lubin and Alexandra Mondalek, Aug. 5, 2013

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