Workplace deaths in the U.S. fell by a precipitous 29% between 1994 and 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
BLS data also show that men are vastly more likely to die on the job than women (92% vs. 8%) because they more commonly work in hazardous occupations, such as construction or transportation.
At the top of the 10 most dangerous jobs on a list compiled by Yahoo! Finance is tree felling, because of the risks associated with falling from great heights and/or being electrocuted by power lines. Seventy-nine out of 1,000 tree fellers are killed at work per year.
Next are commercial pilots, who perish at a rate of 16 per 1,000 workers annually. Also making the list: crane operators (within the overall category of “hoist and wench operators”), commercial drivers, and tree trimmers/pruners.
Federal rules enacted within the last few years have reduced maximum hours for commercial drivers and pilots–both occupations where sleep deprivation is thought to be a factor in high fatality levels.