Trucking Oklahoma’s Deadliest Occupation

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According to KRMG and the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), driving a truck is the deadliest job in Oklahoma.

Figures released by the Oklahoma Department of Labor state that 21 truck drivers died on the job in 2012– the highest total number of any occupation in the state that year.

In total, 94 Oklahomans died on the job in 2012, and 55% of those fatalities were travel-related.

A staggering 95% of all Oklahoma workers who died on the job were men.

Trucking regularly ranks in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

Last year, logging was ranked as the 2nd deadliest job and trucking came in at #8.

Long hours and inattentive drivers (the drivers themselves and others around them) are key factors, the bureau says.  In 2012, 485 professional drivers lost their lives while on the job.