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Jobs That Can Kill You

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.

An average of 12 workers die on the job every day. According to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 4,547 lives were lost on the job in 2010, about the same as the previous year, which had a final count of 4,551. The total is down from 5,214 in 2008.

The BLS attributes this overall reduction to declines in employment and slow growth in total hours worked in some historically high-risk industries.

The rate of fatal work injuries for U.S. workers in 2010 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time employees.

Mining and police work saw increases in work-related fatalities last year. Disasters at a U.S. coal mine and aboard an oil rig operated by BP pushed mining up the list to 172 fatalities in 2010 from 99 the previous year. Fatalities among police officers jumped 40 percent to 134 in 2010 from 96 a year earlier.

As for causes, deaths from fires more than doubled to 109 in 2010 from 53 the previous year, the highest count since 2003.

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

By Jill Weinberger
Posted 01 September 2011

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