Before you accept that job offer, there is something you should know: some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. I mean, obviously, people die on the job in any profession- grocery store clerks, surgeons, football players, you name it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), however, some careers are known for leading the pack.

 
Following are the top five most deadly jobs in the U.S. If you are considering taking a job in one of the following, consider yourself warned:
 
1. Fishermen – Three words for you: The. Perfect. Storm. Anyone who has seen the tragic 2000 film based on true events has an inkling of how perilous the lives of commercial fishermen can be. With 141.7 deaths per every 100,000 workers, commercial fishing leads the nation by far in deaths on the job, and it’s not hard to see why. They regularly brave the most turbulent ocean waters and weather to bring home a bigger catch. Their workplaces, unglamorous fishing vessels, are void of any safety features whatsoever. Pounding waves, merciless winds, loose rigging, and heavy alcohol use make it about the most unfriendly work environment imaginable.
 
2. Pilots – Don’t be fooled by statistics that airplanes are still the safest way to travel. That may be true for airline passengers, but it is not true for smaller commercial outfits. Just behind fishermen in ranking, 87.8 pilots per 100,000 died in 2006. This is not hard to imagine when you consider how many news reports you hear about smaller planes crashing. It would seem that leaving dry land, either by plane or by boat, naturally increases the risk factor.
 
3. Loggers – Combine snarling chainsaws, heavy machinery, and massive falling tree trunks, and you can almost guarantee that people are going to get hurt or killed. 82 loggers died for every 100,000 in 2006. Loggers are often pressured to work faster and harder. They often work on precarious mountain slopes. Any of these factors can and do come together to result in the death of a logger.
 
4. Structural iron and steel workers – Perhaps because of the insanely high, unprotected structures they must routinely work on, 61 structural metal workers died in 2006 for every 100,000. Little detail is offered as to the causes of the deaths. I’m assuming that many were from falling or from equipment malfunctions.
 
5. Refuse collectors – I’ll admit, this one has me puzzled. After all, picking up trashcans, tossing their contents into the back of a truck, and then doing the same at every house on the block hardly seems hazardous. Nevertheless, refuse collectors ranked fifth in deadliness with 41 deaths for every 100,000 workers. I suppose there may be risk from getting run over by the trash truck or other vehicles. Workers could accidentally fall into the back of the truck and get crushed by the compactor.
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