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Truck driving ranks among deadliest US jobs

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Truck driving was one of the top 10 deadliest jobs in the US last year, according to a recen...


NEW YORK, N.Y. — Truck driving was one of the top 10 deadliest jobs in the US last year, according to a recent list published on Forbes.com. The job category “Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers” ranked ninth in a list of occupations where you were most likely to die on the job in 2008.

 

The fatality rate was 22.8 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers with a total of 815 fatalities in 2008. Forbes.com listed the main “dangers” of the profession as traffic and fatigue.

 

Other occupations included on the list were roofers at number seven, farmers and ranchers at number five, logging workers at number two, and fishers and related fishing workers coming in at number one.

 

Transportation incidents were the most common cause of fatalities on the list, with 40.5% of deaths being transportation-related. More than half of those were highway incidents. Equipment- and objects-related injuries came in a distant second, accounting for 18.2% of fatalities.


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