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Do You Have One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in America?

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For most us, the only physical danger we are faced with at work comes from eating too much junk out of the vending machine or standing too close to someone with bad breath. On the upside, none of these things are life threatening and can usually be remedied with a couple of Tums and a breath mint.

However, some people in the United States actually have jobs that can kill them — and sometimes do.

According to recent figures by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,547 fatal occupational injuries in 2010, which was just about four less than what was reported in 2009.

The statistics show that out of all the jobs in America, the fishing industry has the largest fatality rate, claiming the lives of 116 per 100,000 workers. Coming in at second place are those who earn their living working as loggers, which claims the lives of 92 per 100,000 workers.

Both professions have an average annual salary somewhere between $25,000 and $33,000.

Other dangerous jobs in America include aircraft pilots, farmers, miners, and roofers.

How dangerous is your job?

The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

1. Fishing – 116 per 100,000 fatality rate
Logging Workers – 91.9
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers – 70.6
Farmers and Ranchers – 41.4
Mining – 19.9
Roofers – 32.4
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors – 29.8
Truck Drivers – 21.8
Stuntman – 2.5 per 1,000
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers – 18



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