You can exercise, watch what you eat, and avoid tobacco and alcohol, but if you work a dangerous job you can still wind up in the hospital - or worse. Here are the 10 deadliest jobs, based on 2009 numbers compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dangerous equipment, heavy construction materials, and extreme weather are big worries for construction workers. With 18 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers, construction worker is tied for last place on the list of 10 deadliest jobs.
Long hours behind the wheel of a big rig can be as perilous as they are monotonous. And if an accident doesn't get you, the loneliness and lack of exercise might. With 18 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, truck driver is tied for last place on the list of deadliest jobs.
Industrial Machine Worker
The guys (and gals) who spend their days installing and maintaining big industrial machines face some pretty big risks - including being crushed, burned, or trapped when things go wrong. Last year there were 19 deaths for every 100,000 workers in the business, making it number eight on the list of deadliest jobs.
Garbage collector is a thankless job - and a deadly one. In addition to working with big machines that crush anything (and anyone) that gets in the way, there are the risks posed by hazardous materials and heavy traffic. No wonder refuse and recyclable material collector is number seven on the list of deadliest jobs, with 25 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers.
Climbing tall structures while handling superheated welding equipment doesn't sound very safe, and it isn't. Structural steel worker is the sixth-deadliest job you can have, with 30 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers.
Up on a roof might sound like a great place to be, but not when you're there to do a job. Roofer comes in number five on the list of deadly jobs, with 35 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers.
Down on the farm (or ranch), all sorts of dangers can crop up. If the long hours don't get you, the heavy animals and even heavier machinery just might. Farming and ranching come in number four on the list of deadly jobs, with 39 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. Talk about a bitter harvest.
Stressed out by flying? Long lines, cramped seats, and iffy food don't seem so bad when you consider the risks faced by the folks who spend their entire working lives in and around airplanes. No wonder pilots and flight engineers land at number three on the list of deadly jobs, with 57 deaths per 100,000 workers.
What do you think of when you think of a logger? A big, burly guy wearing a flannel shirt and overalls? No matter what loggers really look like, commercial logging is one deadly occupation. Think falling trees, extreme terrain, and razor-sharp saw blades. With 62 per 100,000 full-time loggers felled on the job last year, commercial logging comes in number two on the list.
If you've ever watched "Deadliest Catch," you know just how risky it can be to wield a net, pole or trap in the middle of the ocean - especially in frigid weather. In fact, commercial fishing is the deadliest occupation of all, with 200 fatalities for every 100,000 fishermen and women.