Hawaii's Most Dangerous Jobs
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Many employees spend their days cooped up in the safety of an office building. Other workers, though, earn a living working in potentially hazardous conditions. The jobs might pay more, but also, it might come at a cost: their lives.
A total of 146 Hawaii workers were killed on the job between 2003 and 2009 (the latest figures available), according to Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations census of fatal occupational injuries. Causes of death included traumatic injuries, intracranial injuries, gunshot wounds, drownings, poisonings and suffocations. Aircraft and highway incidents, falls to lower levels and being struck by objects or equipment ranked among the top sources of fatalities. An occupation's physical demands have a lot to do with its relative safety, says Bill Kunstman, director of HDLR.
“Professional, scientific and technical services have the lowest rate of injuries: one in 86 were injured, as opposed to construction: one in 21,” he says.
Here are the six deadliest industries in Hawaii.