United States – With a total of 26 job-related deaths last year, being a recycler remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the USA, ranking sixth on the list released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
However, the latest figure represents an improvement over 2011 when job-related fatalities for refuse and recycling collectors spiked to 34, making it the fourth most dangerous occupation in the USA, according to BLS statistics. In 2010, recycling was seventh on the list with 26 deaths.
With a fatal injury rate of 27.1 per 100 000 workers in 2012, the category of refuse and recyclable material collectors ranked just behind structural iron and steel workers and just ahead of electrical power line installers and repairers, according to the federal government.
Logging workers topped the list with 62 deaths and a fatality rate of 127.8 per 100 000 workers.
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