It is fairly common knowledge that construction injuries are among the highest rates of on-the-job injuries in New York. Even so, many people may wonder how it compares to other fields. After all, some construction skills are portable to other fields that might prove to be safer. 

These fields may also become viable options if someone faces an injury that leads to disabilities. Unfortunately, many people suffer injuries each year that force them to change careers. 


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York construction fatalities in the private sector has not just the highest rate of injuries but also the highest rate of fatalities. Specialty trade contractors are overrepresented in the statistics at 45% of fatal injuries. 


Next in line are people who work in fields related to the extraction process. Examples of this include people who work on oil rigs as well as miners. Even in this field, the majority of the injuries occur among the construction workers on the site. 


When it comes to the most dangerous jobs in America overall, CNBC puts logging at the top of the list. It has a fatal injury rate of 97.6 per 100,000 full-time workers. Most of these injuries are caused by contact with equipment and objects. 


People who work in the fishing industry, particularly those who work on boats, see a fatal injury rate of 77.4 per 100,000 full-time workers. Most of these injuries occur not during the fishing process but while transporting the catch. 

On CNBC’s list, roofers rank at number four and structural metal workers at number eight. Both construction and extraction workers tire for the ninth place. 

One of the most discouraging aspects of jobs with high fatality rates is that many of these jobs often do not pay well. Because of this, when people become injured or die and the household loses a paycheck, it is economically devastating.