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  • 10 top dangerous jobs in the U.S.

    1.Commercial fisherman.
    2.Loggers.
    3.Aircraft pilots/flight engineers.
    4.Iron/steel workers.
    5.Farmers/fishermen.
    6.Electrical powerline workers.
    7.Truck drivers.
    8.Sanitation workers.
    9.Roofers.
    10. Police/State troopers.

    Perception is not reality.

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    10 Top Dangerous Jobs In The United States

    What is the source of that list? I may have seem a similar one, but it might have had a couple different jobs in there. Actually, I didn't think any cop jobs made the top 10 (and I am a retired cop.) For some reason I thought convenience store clerk was in there and maybe firefighters.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jim1348 View Post
      What is the source of that list? I may have seem a similar one, but it might have had a couple different jobs in there. Actually, I didn't think any cop jobs made the top 10 (and I am a retired cop.) For some reason I thought convenience store clerk was in there and maybe firefighters.
      The list is from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. They put it out every year, and every single year people with an axe to grind with police try to use it, and always look silly doing it, because they don't understand anything about the list (or reality). I've had many an argument with many a cop hater about the annual list, and always come out on top because facts and logic tend to have that effect. What's funny is that the claim they try to combat (that LE is THE most dangerous job) isn't even the claim LE groups make (the claim the do make is that being a cop is more dangerous than what most people will ever experiance, which is true, cops are 6 times more likely to die at work than the average person according to the BLS summary)

      Cops usually don't make the top 10, on average LEO hovers between11th and 15th on the list, firefighters somewhere around 18-20. Last year was particualrily bad I think, thus the #10 spot. The Anti-cop types use it to say "See, LE isn't that dangerous, it's not even in the top 10" (in most years). They miss several key facts:

      #1. Context: They love to tell you how LE isn't that dangerous because it's not in the tp 10. What they fail to realize (or do realize but, being prejudiced types, let slide) is that the BLS tracks 9000 different job descriptions. In effect, they are saying "LE isn't that dangerous, it's less dangerous than 9 other jobs, lets just ignore the 8,990 american job types it is more dangerous than.........."

      #2. Math: The BLS statistics are always presented in a per-capita style. Commercial Fishing is always #1, not because commercial fisherman are dying in droves, but because theres only 33,000 of them. The 30 or so commercial fishermen who die is a higher percentage of the whole than the 120-140 cops who die in the line of duty is of 820,000 cops. So, even though 4 to almost 5 times as many cops die on the job every year than commercial fishermen, fishing is "more dangerous"....

      Rated by total fatalities, cops rank on average between 3rd and 5th (again, out of 9000 jobs)

      #3. Not telling the whole story: the fatality numbers are just that, fatalities."Danger" isn't just about who lives or dies, plenty of people who live carry scars from their experiences.

      http://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh2.nr0.htm

      Police and sheriff’s patrol officers had the highest number of cases with 31,300, an increase of 30 percent from 2008.
      Their incidence rate was 676 per 10,000 full-time workers, which was over three-and-one-half times greater than the
      incidence rate for all local government workers. Fire fighters had 13,900 cases in 2009 which was a decrease of 17
      percent from 2008. Their incidence rate was 512 cases--over two-and-one-half times greater than the incidence rate for
      all local government workers. These two occupations in public safety accounted for 23 percent of all days-away-from-work
      cases in local government.
      ----

      Everytime I see people mention "the list" I groan, it's more of the same. We get it, some people don't like the police. It's just really funny to watch them grasp at straws.

      Here is the most current BLS statistics, links in the pdf file lead to specific data (it shows, for example 134 police officers died in the line last year, and 51 security officers also in the same period). http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf
      Last edited by Black Caesar; 09-07-2011, 08:39 AM.
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      • #4
        I would rate the U.S. Military as number one if that was counted. We lost two NG troopers today just having brakefast.

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        • #5
          Must've been a good year for taxi drivers, they are usually pretty high on the list.
          "A good deed’s like pissing yourself in dark pants. Warm feeling but no one notices." - Jacob Taylor

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ESI AGENT View Post
            I would rate the U.S. Military as number one if that was counted. We lost two NG troopers today just having brakefast.
            One of them was a Norwich University graduate, a mere 3 miles down the road from me...
            “Two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights make a left”
            "I swear to God, I'm going to pistol whip the next guy that says 'Shenanigans' "... Capt. O'Hagan, "Super Troopers"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ESI AGENT View Post
              I would rate the U.S. Military as number one if that was counted. We lost two NG troopers today just having brakefast.
              Is this incident what you're referring to, or is this just a bizarre coincidence... or is some group targetting the Nat'l Guard??
              "I'll defend with my life your right to disagree with me" - anonymous

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              • #8
                The U.S. military in general would be rated number one. The incident at IHOP is very sad, two of these NG members survived combat and were killed having pancakes. Its too bad that in L.A. county we can't get CCW's.

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