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Choosing a safer job often not an option for many Amercians

The Bureau of Labor Statistic's recently released preliminary statistics related to the number of workplace fatalities during 2012. Such information is important in that it sheds light on those safety issues impacting American workers as well as helps officials identify those jobs and industries deemed most dangerous. This information, in turn, can be used by officials and employers to work to improve safety within these industries.

People choose to work certain jobs for a variety of reasons. In many cases, employees take a job out of necessity or because the pay is superior to other available jobs. In some cases working within a certain industry may be a family tradition or considered prestigious. Regardless, there is no doubt that certain jobs are more dangerous than others.

So far this year, a total of 4,383 employees have died from work injuries. Data related to workplace fatalities shows that deaths amongst workers within certain industries such as logging and fishing remain the highest. Additionally, the number of deaths among truck drivers, construction workers and roofers are high enough to earn these professions spots within the top 10 most-dangerous jobs.

Given the known dangers associated with these types of jobs, some may question why individuals would choose to work within these industries. For many, however, such jobs pay well and provide the benefits needed to support a family.

In addition to releasing information related to the most-dangerous jobs, the government also released statistics related to the number of workplace fatalities attributable to other factors. For example, more than 40 percent of workplace injuries were sustained by workers in motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, nearly 20 percent of workplace fatalities resulted from acts of workplace violence.

Source: Forbes, "America's 10 Deadliest Jobs," Jacquelyn Smith, Aug. 22, 2013

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