ATLANTA – A new study of fatal workplace injuries has revealed the most dangerous occupations in Georgia.

Edition:

  • Transportation and material moving occupations top the list of most dangerous jobs, with nearly 200 fatal accidents since 2020
  • Construction and mining occupations rank second
  • BLS data on fatal injuries between 2020 and 2022 were examined

A new study reveals which professions are the most dangerous in Georgia.

Workers’ compensation attorneys at Hansford McDaniel examined fatal workplace injuries in the state of Georgia, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2020 through 2022. They then created a ranking to show which of these occupations had the highest number of fatal injuries.

Occupations in transportation and material moving ranks first, with 186 fatal injuries recorded between 2020 and 2022. Examples of jobs that fall under this category include pilots, taxi drivers and marine engineers.

It is estimated that there will be 543,550 people employed in this sector in Georgia as of May 2023. The average salary is $46,310 per year.

Construction and mining professions rank second, with 109 fatal injuries during the period studied. Carpenters, plumbers and electricians are all included in this group.

In 2021, this profession had the highest number of fatalities (38) and the lowest number (35) in 2020. An estimated 141,180 Georgia residents fall into this group, earning an annual average of $52,480.

Occupations in cleaning and maintaining buildings and grounds ranks third, with 57 fatal injuries. This occupational group includes janitors, housekeepers, pest control workers, and gardeners.

Georgia has a location quotient of 0.79 for this occupational group, the lowest in the U.S. This suggests that there are proportionally fewer jobs in this sector compared to the rest of the country.

In fourth place are installation, maintenance and repair professionswith a total of 43 fatal injuries. Jobs that fall into this group include electricians, bus and truck mechanics, and air conditioning installers.

Between 2021 and 2022, these professions saw a 23% increase in fatal injuries, from 13 to 16.

Occupations in the protective service are joint fifth with sales and related professionsin both cases, 32 people died between 2020 and 2022.

Protective service jobs include police officers and sheriff’s patrol officers, private investigators, and lifeguards. The BLS estimates that 113,030 Georgia residents are in this group, earning an average of $49,140 per year.

Sales and related occupations include travel agents, real estate agents, and retail salespeople. An estimated 457,810 Georgia citizens are in this occupation, with an average annual salary of $50,380.

Production occupations ranks sixth, with 30 fatal injuries in the three years studied. This is one of the largest occupational groups, including butchers, bakers and seamstresses.

Salaries in Georgia for these jobs are among the lowest salary ranges in the U.S., with workers earning an estimated $43,860 per year. This is 30% less than the highest salary in Wyoming, where annual salaries are estimated at $63,060.

To be seventh management professionswith a total of 27 fatal injuries. Fundraising managers, education administrators and chief executives are all part of this profession.

These professions are the highest paying professions on this list. It is estimated that workers in Georgia earn an average of $134,550 per year.

Occupations in agriculture, fishing and forestry rank eighth, with 12 fatal injuries between 2020 and 2022. Examples of jobs in these occupations include farm workers and agricultural workers, ranchers, and forest and wildlife conservationists.

The highest number of fatalities was recorded in 2020, namely 9. In 2022, there was no fatality.

In ninth place are occupations related to the preparation and serving of foodwith a total of 7 fatal injuries in the period under review. Cooks, waiters and bartenders all fall within this occupational group.

An estimated 415,250 Georgians are employed in this sector, earning an average of $29,580 per year.

Healthcare providers and technical professions ranks tenth, with 5 fatal injuries from 2020 to 2022. This group includes dentists, midwives and surgeons.

An estimated 284,090 Georgia residents fall into this group, earning an average annual salary of $98,350.

Rank Occupation Total number of fatal injuries 2020-2022
1 Occupations in transportation and material handling 186
2 Construction and mining professions 109
3 Occupations in cleaning and maintaining buildings and grounds 57
4 Professions in installation, maintenance and repair 43
5 Occupations in the protective service &
Sales and related professions
32
6 Production occupations 30
7 Management professions 27
8 Occupations in agriculture, fishing and forestry 12
9 Occupations related to preparing and serving food 7
10 Healthcare providers and technical professions 5

Wes McDaniel from Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Hansford McDaniel commented on the findings:

“Workplace safety is vital and employees must be confident that they can carry out their work without harm.

“It is sad to see how many people have been seriously injured or even lost their lives because of their profession. It is important to remember that this is about individuals, not just numbers.

“These data are intended to show Georgians which jobs should be approached with care and to encourage employers in these occupations to reevaluate safety standards.”