A new report from the Maine Department of Labor suggests
that truckers have the most dangerous job in that state.
The Associated Press reported there were 54 on-the-job fatalities among truckers in the state
between 1994 through 2004, the highest among any of the groups tracked. Next on
the list were forestry workers – not including loggers – at 17 fatalities. The
timber cutting and logging industries reported 12 deaths during that time
Truckers in the state also reported more injuries than any
other profession – a total nearing 3,600. Laborers – excluding construction –
reported 3,337 injuries, while nurse’s aides reported 2,841 injuries.
The report also said that truckers topped out the fatality
list for the first six months of 2005. Of the 23 work-related deaths reported
in that time, four were in the trucking industry.
The National Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked truck driving
as the ninth most dangerous job in the country in a report it issued this past
fall. Nationally, truck drivers had 904 work-related deaths in 2004.