Firefighting is Less Dangerous than Being a Car Mechanic

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Fri, Sep 28th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Fascinating article on the NBC News website, citing findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries which, allegedly notes how "some occupations that seem dangerous, like firefighting and tractor operation, are actually relatively safe."

[...] both of those jobs, for example, are less dangerous than being a car mechanic. Some of the safest jobs of all, with only three deaths among all full-time workers, include file clerks, insurance sales agents and customer-service representatives.

Forty-one percent of all fatal workplace injuries happened in transportation incidents, which include car accidents, overturned vehicles and plane crashes. More than half (57 percent) of the 1,898 fatal transportation-related incidents occurred on highways, and involved motorized land vehicles. The second-highest cause of worker fatalities was assaults and violent acts, which accounted for 18 percent of deaths. The preliminary data shows that workplace suicides fell slightly in 2010 to 258 after climbing to a high of 263 the year before.

Violence took the lives of 780 workers last year; with 458 homicides and 242 suicides. Shootings were the most frequent manner of death in both.

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