POTTSTOWN PA – Blue-collar occupations that involve manual labor in high-risk work environments such as construction sites, factories and outdoors – the kinds of employment that have been a primary source of income among Greater Pottstown area residents for centuries – dominate a new list of the nation’s 10 most dangerous jobs compiled by FinanceOnline.com, a personal finance website with offices in Chicago and Miami.
Dangerous jobs have become markedly safer during the past 20 years, the website notes. The total number of fatal work injuries annually declined by more than 1,800 people, or 29 percent, between 1992 and 2012. Its information is based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
The two worst jobs for danger aren’t much of a factor locally. Last year they were fishing (2nd), and logging (1st).
And here’s a surprise, the company thinks: firefighting and police work, two jobs with extremely hazardous environments, are not on the list. It contends the added safety measures taken in both professions make them less prone to problems.