Dangerous Florida Jobs
Crashes and gunshots determine which jobs are the most perilous in Florida.
The good news is that the chance of dying on the job in Florida is still small. In 2007, Florida’s workplace death rate was 4.6 per 100,000 workers. The national rate is 3.7 per 100,000 workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The majority of those killed in on-the-job accidents were men: 329 vs. 33 women. Only 42 of those killed were self-employed. The rest were hourly or salaried employees. Overall, the typical person who died on the job in Florida in 2007 was a 50-year-old white male truck driver earning around $30,000 a year who died in a traffic accident.
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Injuries in Florida
Deaths on the Job
1» Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
Mean Wage: $29,266
2» Construction laborers
Mean Wage: $24,250
3» Grounds maintenance workers
Mean Wage: $28,220
4» Police officers, deputies
Mean Wage: $49,420
Dangers: Seven officers were gunned down in 2007. Two others were victims of vehicular assault; three were struck by vehicles; two died in automobile accidents; one died during a vehicle pursuit; and another in an ATV accident.
5» First-line supervisors/
managers, sales workers
Mean Wage: $43,470 (retail), $73,760 (non-retail)
6» Laborers and material movers
Mean Wage: $22,470
Mean Wage: $37,730
8» Building cleaning workers (includes janitors, maids, window washers)
Mean Wage: $27,550
Mean Wage: $31,340
Dangers: In 2005, the rate of injuries for roofing contractors in the United States was almost twice that of workers overall.
10» Agricultural workers (farming, fishing and forestry occupations)
Mean Wage: $20,820