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BLS Report Ranks 2011'S 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on occupational injuries and illnesses. The report calculates injuries and illnesses to gauge workplace safety trends, identify dangerous industries and track progress in preventing workplace injuries.

The survey measures injuries and illnesses by the number of workers affected per 100 full-time workers. For example, data processing and information services jobs cause an average of only 0.6 injuries per 100.

The Bureau used this data to identify the ten most dangerous jobs in America. While people often think of construction work, professional sports or storm chasing as particularly hazardous, health care and public safety work ranked high on the list in several sectors. The ten most dangerous jobs in 2011 were:

10. The beverage and tobacco manufacturing industry: 6.9 injury and illness cases per 100 employees and 5.3 per 100 that required days away from work, job transfer or restriction.

9. Private air transportation: 7.4 per 100 and 5 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

8. Transit and ground passenger transportation for local governments: 7.4 per 100 and 5 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

7. State justice, public order and safety activities, including state police and firefighters: 7.6 per 100 and 4.1 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

6. Private nursing and residential care: 7.8 per 100 and 4.7 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

5. Heavy and civil engineering construction workers employed by local governments: 8.9 per 100 and 4.8 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

4. Local government hospitals: 9.2 per 100 and 4.8 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

3. Nursing and residential care in local government facilities: 10.2 cases per 100 and 7.1 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

2. Local justice, public order and safety activities: 10.3 cases per 100 and 5.6 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

1. Nursing and residential care in a state government run facility: 13.1 cases per 100 and 7.4 per 100 with days away, transfer or restriction.

If you have sustained an injury in the course of your employment, it is wise to speak with an attorney experienced in workplace injury and workers' compensation matters. They can help you get back to work if possible while pursuing any appropriate claims for damages.

Source: Business Insider, "It's Ironic What Job Is Most Likely To Get You Sick Or Injured in America," Max Nisen, Oct. 25, 2012

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