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Occupational hazards: U.S. workplace deaths top those in Europe

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Working in the United States is more dangerous than working in the European Union, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The numbers show the U.S. had 3.1 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2010, while in the EU the amount was 2.8.

There were differences in the way the data were complied. For instance, the U.S. numbers include workplace suicides, while the EU totals exclude these deaths. On the other hand, the EU data include workers who died from workplace-related injuries more than a year after the incident happened; U.S. numbers only include deaths that happened within a year.

The EU numbers are originally based on deaths per employees, while the U.S. numbers are calculated based on hours worked and converted to deaths per 100,000 workers.

The deadliest industry in both regions was “agriculture, forestry and fishing,” with 18.4 deaths per 100,000 workers in the U.S. and 9.4 in the EU.

Desk jockeys, however, need not worry. Industries with the least deaths include finance and insurance, professional and scientific activity, and communications.