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What are the deadliest jobs in the U.S.?

Recently, NPR reported on the rate of work-related fatalities in the United States by industry. The analysis of the nation's most dangerous jobs based on the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although many would think that the construction industry or the oil industry would have the highest fatality rate, this was not the case.

Instead, the information revealed that the fishing industry is indeed the most dangerous with a fatality rate of 121.2 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2011. NPR reported that the number of fisherman who were killed on the job in 2011 has actually gone down by half since 2009, showing just how dangerous this job was a few years ago.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fishermen are most likely to be killed by drowning after their boat capsizes.

The second deadliest job industry was logging, which had a fatality rate of 102.4 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2011. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says loggers are most often killed by a falling tree or a machine that has malfunctioned.

Although many people are quick to say that it is more likely to be struck by lightning than go down in a plane, pilots actually had the third most dangerous job with a fatality rate of 57 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2011. However, it's important to point out that most pilots are killed flying propeller planes like crop dusters, not commercial jets, NPR reported.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the fourth, fifth and sixth deadliest jobs in America are performed by farmers and ranchers, police officers and construction workers, respectively.

In 2011, the fatality rate among construction workers was 15.7 per every 100,000 workers. This may seem a lot lower compared to the fatality rate for fisherman, but it is still much higher than the overall average for workplace deaths, which was only 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers.

These statistics stress the fact that some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others.

Source: NPR, "The Deadliest Jobs In America, In One Graphic," Jess Jiang, Jan. 23, 2013

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