A Look At Some Of The Most Dangerous Jobs

For many people, something as simple as going to work can pose risks every day.  The U.S. Labor Bureau has a top ten list of the most dangerous jobs, and some of those jobs hit close to home in Texoma.  Farming and ranching is a big part of life, but it can also take lives.  It's #4 on the list , with 35.8 deaths per 100,000 in a year.

Agricultural Agent Fred Hall says that's not surprising.  He says tractor accidents are probably the leading cause of death in the industry.

Roofers are #5 on the list.  Richard Koetter, President of Armored Roofing, says there's lots of things they have to look out for constantly.

"You're required to have a safety harness, have the roof flagged for safety lines on it when you get too close to the edge," he said.

Naturally, danger increases with height.  Koetter says falls would be the biggest contributor to nationwide deaths of roofers.  Other jobs on the list are similar in dangers -- those that face iron workers and construction laborers, for example.

But nationwide, work-related deaths are on the decline.  In the farming and ranching industry, Hall says education and research are always helping workers as they face dangers.

Koetter has an idea why roofers are a little safer these days, too.

"There's always a manufacturer coming out with something new in safety equipment, better ways to do things," he said.

Both men say, whether the risk lies in situation or in machinery, learning to recognize the dangers is key.

"You gotta keep on top of that because if they get complacent with it, and they say, 'I do this every day,' you've gotta remind 'em you have to have your safety stuff in place," Koetter said.

The most dangerous professions on the list are fishermen, loggers, and airplane pilots.  The Labor Bureau also says the most recent list was affected by the economy; the number of total hours worked fell by 6% from the previous year.

To see the data for yourself, click here.

Spencer Blake, Newschannel 6