Approximately four percent of crude oil and petroleum products were shipped by truck in 2012. Trucking over rough rural roads, often in extreme weather conditions, is one of the biggest dangers in the oil and gas industry. Not surprisingly, the truck driver occupation overall is the ninth most dangerous job in the U.S., according to CareerCast.com. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports 11 accidents involving semi-trucks every day in the United States.
The other most dangerous jobs in the top ten: veterinarian (10) Taxi driver (8), police officer (7), nurse’s aide (6), firefighter (5), farmer (4), emergency medical technician (3), corrections officer (2) and construction worker (1).