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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)

I'm surprised to see Pilots and Flight engineers up there at 3. I suppose it includes military as well as commercial. Probably those nasty helicopter things, too. They don't fly - they just beat the air into submission.
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In fact, the deadliest job in America is abattoir cleaner, but they are mostly illegal immigrants, so their deaths doesn't show in statitics. Sometimes the cleaners got minced - literally. Not to mention other deadly trauma or poisonous chemicals. That's something to think about when you have a Big Mac.

And no, I'm not a vegetarian, I'm just european. :D
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I'm more suprised by what I don't see on that list:

Rescue/Emergency Medical
Fire Fighting (urban or forest)
Law Enforcement

I'd consider anyone who puts themselves in the path of nature or man's fury to be in a dangerous job.
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Could it be that people in those areas you listed are better trained for risky situations? I'd think a fisherman who was trained in the Navy has a higher chance of living through a bad situation then one who hasn't.
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Wumpa - they are using averages, so just plain numbers won't fit in.

10 people occupy job 1, 1 person dies = 10% mortality rate for that job.

1000 people occupy job 2, 50 people die = 5% mortality rate.

more people died in job 2 than job 1, but job 1 is more deadly because the possibility of dieing in that job per job opening is greater.

If job 1 were to expand and require more workers, the # of fatalities would be expected to rise with it.

*this concludes your textbook narrative for the day*
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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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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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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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