According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009, drivers were 9th. In 2010, we rose to 7th.
(from msnbc.com, with the 2009 numbers) "Miners and police officers face many dangers. In 2009, the most recent year for which we have statistics, 101 miners and 97 police officers and security guards died on the job, making for a roughly similar fatality rate of around 13 deaths per 100,000 workers.
But neither cracks the top 10 on our list of America's Most Dangerous Jobs. Going by fatality rates, workers have more to worry about in such seemingly mundane professions as roofing, farming and sanitation."
Forbes.com slideshow: America’s most dangerous job
... and apparently, commercial driving.
In 2009, police officers weren't in the top 10; in 2010, they were listed10th. Firefighters in 2010 were 13th.
When I think on it, it makes sense that drivers/transportation workers face high fatality (and injury) rates. We all know how dangerous the roads are -- and commercial drivers are on them 40+++ hours per week. We also don't have the training, societal awareness or support that our brave (and aware) public servants have.
We get on down the road. I've said it before and I'll say it many times, I imagine, "If you bought it, I brought it."
My point? Give those rigs a break. and love your trucker.