The Deadliest Occupations

Looks like the great state of Maine has a high proportion of people employed in the two deadliest lines of work:

Bureau of Labor Statistics 1

Specific Maine numbers for 2009 are still being reviewed by the state Department of Labor, but department spokesman Adam Fisher said the fishing industry accounted for approximately half of the 16 workplace fatalities in Maine in 2009. A final state report for last year is expected late next month.

I think it’s relatively easy for people to overlook the extent to which the long-term transition of employment into the service sector is good for public health and worker safety.