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Certain jobs present more dangers

People in Pittsburgh often don't expect to be injured on the job. However, workplace accidents happen all too frequently. In very tragic cases, the injuries are so significant that people do not survive.

In 2010, more than 4,500 fatalities occurred in the workplace, that's according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although a workplace accident can happen to anyone in any field, certain jobs present more dangers than others.

Fishermen are particularly at risk for being injured on the job. In fact, the fishing industry has the highest fatality rate in the country. Fishermen can encounter bad weather or can be hurt from equipment that malfunctions. Sadly, about 116 fishermen die per 100,000 workers.

For obvious reasons, pilots and flight engineers have a dangerous job. About 70.6 pilots and flight engineers die per 100,000 workers. Airplane crashes account for many of those fatalities.

Farmers are also at a high risk of being injured on the job. Many farmers and ranchers work long hours. They also work closely with heavy machinery and equipment. Slightly more than 41 farmers die per 100,000 workers.

Law enforcement officers also work in a dangerous industry. In 2010, 134 police officers and sheriff's patrol officers died. Many law enforcement officers die in traffic accidents. Of the 134 reported deaths, 48 were categorized as homicides.

Workers in the logging, mining and roofing industry also face some of the most dangerous conditions along with trash collectors, truck drivers and stuntmen.

Pennsylvania residents who are injured on the job are entitled to collect benefits through workers' compensation. Family members who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident may be able to collect compensation through Social Security, workers' compensation or other government programs.

Source: Yahoo! Finance, "The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.," Travers Korch, June 4, 2012

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