According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more truck drivers were killed on the job than any other profession in America in 2016.
The report, called the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday, December 19th.
The agency uses [over 23,000] diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries.
According to the study, in 2016, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had the highest absolute number of fatal work-related injuries out of all occupations, with a total of 786. Following in fatal injury counts were ‘farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers’ with a total of 260, and consturction laborers with a total death count of 254.
Truck driving, which has consistently been listed as one of the most dangerous jobs since the Bureau began collecting data in 1975, has experienced a steady jump in total number of fatal injuries in recent years. The 2016 death count of 786 is a 48% increase from the fatal injury count of 2009.
Although trucking has the highest absolute number of deaths, there are a few industries with a higher death rate. The trucking industry averaged 25.6 deaths per 100,000 workers, but logging (110.9 deaths per 100,000 workers) and fishing (80.8 deaths per 100,000 workers) had higher rates of fatal workplace injuries.
The study also says that truckers are more likely to sustain non-life-threatening injuries or get sick on the job as compared to other occupations. 4.4 truckers per 100 full-time drivers get sick or injured as compared to 3.2 per 100 full time employees in the public and private sector industries overall.