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America’s Deadliest Jobs 2010

Some jobs are tough, some can be deadly. Some jobs are stressful, but exposure to dangerous situations and hostile environments can contribute significantly to the chance of a fatal on-the-job accident.

According to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,340 lives were lost on the job in 2009, the lowest total since these statistics were first collected in 1992. The total is down from 5,214 in 2008 and the BLS attributes this overall reduction to increases in unemployment and a decrease in total hours worked in particularly dangerous professions, most of which have been affected by the recession.

The rate of fatal work injuries for US workers in 2009 was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time employees, but one job in particular was significantly more dangerous, with a fatal injury rate of up to 200 per 100,000 full time workers. This year’s four most frequent fatal injuries included 882 highway incidents, 617 falls, 521 workplace homicides and 414 incidents that involved a worker being struck by an object.

So, what are the deadliest jobs in the country? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul ToscanoPosted 19 Aug 2010

Note: Comparison of fatality rates does not include military combat occupations.

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