Which Occupations Carry The Highest Risks Of Insect And Spider Related Death?
Some occupations come with serious health-hazards, or an increased risk of on-the-job death. The obvious examples include miners, pilots and law enforcement officers, and you could think of more examples with no problem. However, which occupations put individuals at the highest risk of being killed by insects? Some of you are probably thinking that there does not exist any occupations that put workers at risk of being killed by insects. We have all heard the experts claim that spiders and insects very rarely kill human beings. This claim may be somewhat true, but spiders and insects do, indeed take the lives of people that are on the job. As it turns out, farmers, construction workers and landscape workers are all occupations that see the most insect and spider related deaths.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, arachnids, mites and various insects contributed to eighty three work related deaths between 2003 and 2010. During this period of time, farming proved to be the most dangerous occupation as far as deadly arthropod encounters are concerned. This period of time saw twenty farmers and farm laborers die from arthropod encounters, as well as twenty construction workers and seventeen landscapers. These three occupations accounted for two thirds of arthropod related deaths.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bees accounted for the greatest number of work related deaths. A total of fifty two deaths resulted from bees, which is more than spiders, wasps and ants combined. Seventy two out of eighty three work related deaths were directly caused by arthropods, and not indirectly, as some may assume.
In between the years of 2003 and 2010, the greatest number of insect related deaths occurred in Texas. Twenty one deaths from arthropods occurred in Texas during this time, followed by Florida, which saw eight people die from bugs. So if you have given thought to becoming a farmer, you may want to entertain some second thoughts.
Have you ever known a person who fell victim to arthropod related tragedy while on the job?