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The deadliest jobs

While fatality rates are declining according to preliminary results from the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, it's startling to know that an average of 12 to 13 people die on the job every day.

The deadliest industry in the U.S. is construction, with 775 workers fatally injured in 2012, compared with 738 in 2011. With a five percent rise in fatalities, it was one of the few industries to experience an increase. Across all industries, the number of work-related fatalities decreased 6.6 percent to 4,383. The increase is particularly worrisome since the total number of hours worked in construction only rose by one percent.

The most frequent cause of construction-related fatalities were worksite falls, slips and trips (280), followed by transportation incidents (216), traumatic contact with on-site objects or equipment (135), and exposure to harmful substances or environments (102).

The nation's second-deadliest industry in 2012 was transportation and warehousing, which recorded 677 fatal occupational injuries, a 9.6 percent decrease from the 749 workers killed in the prior year.

The occupation with the highest rate per 100,000 workers was logging at 127.8. Second was fishers and related fishing workers at 117.0. Third was aircraft pilots and flight engineers at 53.4. The risk of suffering a fatal injury is significantly greater in these industries when compared with an overall rate of 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees.

The No. 1 event leading to a workplace injury death remained transportation, which includes roadway, air, water and rail fatalities, as well as injuries sustained from being struck by a vehicle. Transportation incidents accounted for more than two of every five fatal work injuries. About 58% were roadway incidents.

Other key findings include:

A series of charts including fatalities by state, occupational group and industry provides additional information.