Do cops and firefighters really have a higher fatality rate than other workers?

A Deputy Sheriff responded to my post about the overtime money that Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s make with a remark about how they put themselves on the line. But do they really have higher fatality rates than other occupations? No.

I checked the 2006 fatality statistics published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Here are a few occupational fatality rates to consider:

  • Policemen: 16.8%
  • Firefighters: 16.6%
  • Farmers and Ranchers: 37.2%
  • Grounds Maintenance Workers: 13.5%
  • Fishers and related Fishing Workers: 147.2%
  • Construction Laborers: 21.4%
  • Roofers: 33.5%
  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers: 61%
  • Operating Engineers and other Equipment Operators: 18.2%
  • Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers: 90.4%
  • Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors: 40.7%
  • Logging: 87.4%
  • Mining Workers: 20.8%
  • Truck Transportation: 27.2%

You can read the entire document by clicking here.

The bottom line is that many American workers die every year. But few of them make over six figures like our O.C. Deputy Sheriffs do. Is that fair? Is it fair that the Deputies can retire at 50? I don’t think so. The rest of the workers referenced here will be lucky to retire at 68.

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