It seems that, in addition to dying of old age, workers can die randomly when occupying certain jobs. So far I've witnessed:

  • Stonecutters crushed by rocks
  • Foresters killed by falling trees
  • Herdsman trampled by livestock

What other jobs are potentially deadly for citizens in Banished?

  • It took me a little while to realise you weren't talking about real life… – o0'. Mar 21 '15 at 9:52

Complete List can be found here

  • Miners and Laborers getting crushed by a cave-in
  • Stonecutters getting crushed by rocks in quarries
  • Hunters getting trampled to death by boars
  • Fishermen drowning
  • Blacksmiths dying after being burned in the forge
  • Gatherers eating poisonous berries
  • Vendors getting stabbed to death in the market
  • Builders falling off a ladder
  • Physicians taking a bad medicine
  • Teachers going crazy and being banished
  • Brewers drinking a bad brew
  • Traders committing suicide
  • Foresters crushed by a falling tree
  • Woodcutters being killed by an axe

On a sidenote

Complications during childbirth

would not be work related but can also happen.

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    Wait, you can get banished from banished?! – aslum Mar 20 '15 at 18:11
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    @aslum your initial citizens are actually a group of insane teachers exiled from your last village. – Philipp Mar 20 '15 at 18:49

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