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Loggers, construction workers among America's top ten most dangerous jobs

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HAUGHTON, La. (KTBS) -

They're tough jobs, but someone's got to do them - we're talking about dangerous occupations.

Forbes complied a list of the ten most dangerous, and ranging from loggers to truck drivers, these jobs put people at risk for injury and death more often than any others.

It was just last month when a Red River Parish man fell 60 feet to his death, after the safety rope attached to his waist snapped while he was cutting down a tree in Natchitoches.

Listed as one of America's most dangerous, this occupation is all in a day's work for Cross Tree Service owner Calvin Bailey.

"Your first time out you're scared, but after you get into it, you get a lot more comfortable," he says as he watches his crew work in Haughton to cut down a tree that's threatening to fall on a home.

Comfortable or not, loggers and those in the timber industry are taking their lives in their hands at a higher risk than any other industry in the country.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62 loggers were killed on the job in 2012.

And Bailey says part of staying alive is good old fashioned prayer.

"That's about the only thing you can do in a job like this one. That, and hope it's not your time."

If your line of work includes braving the Bering Sea to bring in those famous Alaskan King Crab, that's a pretty risky venture.

Behind loggers, commercial fishing is the most deadly, killing 32 people in 2012.

Stepping into the cockpit is the third most dangerous career one could choose, with malfunctioning machinery a common cause of death for airplane pilots.

"You're not sure what will support its own weight, much less your added weight and shock, moving around, roping limbs out of a tree."

Bailey says the inherent danger of his profession has been compounded by the recent years of devastating drought.

"Trees are weak right now and really dangerous. It's a lot more dangerous than it used to be."

In Louisiana, you're most likely to die in transportation-related incidents.

In 2012, 43 men and 4 women suffered fatal injuries in this line of work.

Trailing behind transportation, violence in the workplace is the most common cause of death, claiming the lives of 16 people last year.

And for Bailey, every day he makes it home is a gift.

"While you're up there, a lot of times it's really stressful and it's really tense but once it's over with and you survived, then that makes it a lot more fun."

Continuous training is likely to be what keeps Bailey and his crew alive.

He says the Louisiana Department of Agriculture offers multiple classes all year long, one of which Bailey says is required to maintain his license.

The rest of the list includes roofers at number 5, and structural and steel workers take the number 6 spot.

Ranked number 7 are electrical power line installers, followed by truck drivers at spot 8.

At number 9, farmers, ranchers and agriculture managers.

And rounding out the top ten most dangerous jobs - construction workers.

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