AOL had a list of the ten most dangerous jobs. Interestingly, being a fisherman was at the top. I guess you only have to watch A Perfect Storm to see how that might be possible. But people in sales are up there too -- since they're on the road a lot. Apparently they fall asleep more than we realize and drive off the road. Men mostly, from loggers to steelworkers to construction workers, garbage collectors, and powerline workers round things out, not unexpectedly. But the weirdest statistic was at the bottom of the article:
Homicides, which account for the majority of workplace deaths
among executives and supervisors in retail and other business services, continue
to decline. Following general national trends, homicide as a cause of workplace
death fell to 767 incidents last year, from 822 in 2004 and 1,080 in 1994.
Personally, I think that's a lot of dead people that I didn't think were very much at risk.
For comparison there were only 48 actual deaths among fishermen last
year. It's just that there are not very many of them. So the percentage
per 100,000 is high, ranking them at the top.
I don't know about you, but I think I may start wearing Kevlar to my
job. Which reminds me, I notice that police weren't on the list. I
always thought that was a dangerous line of work. Maybe those guns come
in handier than I thought.