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What are the safest -- and the most dangerous -- jobs in the U.S.?

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers across the nation suffered around three million nonfatal work injuries in 2014 alone. As if this wasn't shocking enough, these statistics also reveal that this same year saw 4,821 work-related fatalities.

While these numbers are almost impossible to comprehend given all of the advancements that have been made in everything from medical care to work safety equipment, it's still painfully apparent that we still have a long way to go. Interestingly enough, however, a recently released report by the job and career development website CareerCast may serve to shed some light on where efforts to enhance workplace safety should be centered.

That's because the report in question ranks the top ten most dangerous jobs in America using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and various industry groups.

What makes the report so especially fascinating is that while it lists certain professions that we naturally associate with a higher risk of work-related injuries, it also lists professions that perhaps wouldn't automatically come to mind.

The top ten most dangerous jobs in America were found to be:

  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Construction workers
  • Farmers
  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Corrections officers
  • Nursing assistants
  • Taxi drivers
  • Veterinarians
  • Truck drivers

It's worth noting that CareerCast also recently released a report outlining the top ten safest jobs in America and, as you might guess, they typically involve largely sedentary work.  

The top ten safest jobs in America were found to be:

  • Accountants/auditors
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Actuaries
  • Interpreters/translators
  • Dieticians
  • Web developers
  • Medical records technicians
  • Mathematicians
  • Statisticians
  • Paralegals

Above all else, it's important to remember that serious work injuries can occur in any profession at any time, and that when they do, you have options as they relate to workers' compensation benefits. To learn more, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional.

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