The deadliest jobs in the Bay Area, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data

A look at the Bay Area occupations with the most on-the-job fatalities demonstrates how different local employment is when compared to other parts of the country.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has an online database of workplace fatalities from 2011-2017, searchable by region, cause of death and other factors. While the bureau reported 264 national deaths related to farming, fishing and forestry, just one of those happened here.

Bay Area leisure and hospitality workers, however, were among the most endangered with 29 deaths from 2011-2017.

Five Bay Area deaths were attributed in 2016 to both “performing arts companies” and “musical groups and artists,” both listing the cause “fires and explosions.” These deaths are likely connected to the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland that killed 36 people.

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Look through our gallery at the top of this story for the deadliest Bay Area jobs in that six-year span. We distinguished between BLS “supersectors,” that include multiple lines of work, and individual sectors to prevent overlap.

Due to the nature of the jobs, male Bay Area workers suffered far more fatalities than females ones, 231-27.

The age group with the most deaths was those 55 to 64 years old, with a combined 104. The next most victimized age group was those 45-54, with 99 deaths.

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The BLS data include causes of deaths, and in the Bay Area there was a tie for the most common at 73 each: “Transportation incidents,” and “violence and other injuries by persons or animals.” There were 67 deaths attributed to “intentional injury by person.”

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