America's Deadliest Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries, fewer people died on the job in 2008 than the previous two years. Still, some jobs are much more dangerous than others. Using statistics from 2008, here are the five deadliest careers.

1. Fishers
2. Loggers
3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
4. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
5. Farmers and Ranchers

Yahoo Finance has the statistics on each job. There is also a linked slide show from Forbes looking at the top ten deadliest jobs. Link -via the Presurfer

(image credit: Flickr user Sam Beebe / Ecotrust)

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CommentKiller: That's pretty much common knowledge. 67% of statistics are made up on the spot. As Mark Twain said (paraphrasing Disraeli) 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'
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According to an article in Reader's Digest, numbers and statistics can be manipulated as desired to support the author's point. Unfortunately, this article was written over 20 years ago and I don't remember the date of printing, but I am sure the conclusion is still true today.
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Joel is correct. With 8 presidents dying in office, that is a 18% on the job fatality rate, 9% of which are due to homicide.

I believe that the deadliest place to work for an American worker is the deck of an air craft carrier.
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