(CBS/MoneyWatch)-- Mothers, don't let your babies grow up to be loggers. Not only
is logging the most dangerous profession in America, accounting for 128 deaths
per 100,000 individuals, loggers are paid poorly for taking such big risks,
according to FinancesOnline, a web site that looked at Bureau of Labor
Statistics data to find the nation's most dangerous professions and their
It's worth noting that the professions you'd expect to be
dangerous -- police and firefighting -- don't make the top 10. Instead, the
government reports that the most lethal activity is "transportation." Fatal work-related
accidents involving cars, trucks, boats and planes accounted for a whopping 41 percent of the deaths in
2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Of course,
there are far more people engaged in professions that require time on the road,
ranging from salesmen and truckers to taxi drivers, than there are people
felling trees, so the per capita death rate by driving is smaller even though the total number of deaths is far greater.
The government data also indicates that it's far safer to be
at work today than it was 10 years ago. In 1992, some 6,217 people died on the
job, compared with just 4,383 in 2012. Aside from transportation-related deaths,
the second most common cause of death at work is violence, accounting for 767
deaths in 2012. Getting hit, crushed or caught in machinery and other objects
accounted for 712 deaths, while falls, slips and trips were the fourth leading
cause of workplace fatalities, accounting for 668 deaths.
The nation's most fatal state is Texas, where there were 433
work-related deaths in 2012. With a total population of 26.1 million,
the death rate in Texas is disproportionate to the state's size.
California, the nation's most populous state with 38 million residents,
second in total number of work-related deaths, with 390 deaths in 2012,
according to government data. That's up from 339 in 2011.
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