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By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Posted: 6 am ET

When you think about the most dangerous jobs, it is likely that being a police officer, firefighter or perhaps a construction worker would be the jobs that come to mind. The most dangerous jobs, however, are actually those that involve driving cars, according to 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled by eTraining, an online workplace safety education company.

Specifically, sales reps and truck drivers are considered to have the most dangerous jobs; 683 workers died in 2011. Farmers and ranchers were a distant second with 300 deaths in 2011.

Of all the workplace deaths, 31 percent of them involved transportation, with 21 percent of them occurring on the highway. The next most common way for a fatality to occur on the job, assaults and violent acts, was a distant second at 18 percent, followed closely by contacts with objects and equipment at 16 percent and falls at 14 percent.

Workplace deaths occurring on the road were also the most likely to involve multiple deaths. Highway transportation incidents represented 24 percent of incidents where there were multiple fatalities, followed by aircraft incidents as well as fires and explosions, both at 20 percent.

While driving-related professions may still make for the most dangerous jobs, workplace deaths involving transportation have been steadily dropping since 2007.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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