Fire protection is one of the most dangerous types of work in the nation. Last year, almost 71,000 injuries to U.S. firefighters occurred in the line of duty, and the rate of nonfatal injury and illness in fire protection was more than three times the rate for all industries, according to government and industry estimates.
Nationwide, state-run nursing homes and residential care facilities have the second-highest rate of occupational injuries and illnesses.
Other industries with high frequencies of injuries and illnesses include steel foundries, ice manufacturing, skiing facilities and police protection.
And the fishing and logging industries are among the deadliest professions in the United States.