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And the top 10 most dangerous jobs are …

"It's a tough job but someone's got to do it" – that's the kind of thing you'd expect a burly cop or firefighter to say.

But in terms of workplace hazards, firefighters and police officers are relative lightweights compared to workers at greatest risk for job-related accidents, and death.

Of all the dangerous jobs out there, loggers take the prize for putting their lives at greatest risk, according to FinancesOnline.com.

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Nevertheless, despite dangers that include falling trees and cutting equipment, the average Canadian logger earns a paltry $26,500 a year – if he is lucky enough to get full-time work, according to Service Canada.

Clearly, risky careers don't pay. They tend to be blue-collar occupations, according to this list of top 10 most dangerous jobs (and their biggest hazards):

1. Loggers: falling trees, cutting equipment.

2. Fisheries workers: drowning, heavy equipment.

3. Pilots and flight engineers: air disturbances, high altitudes, takeoffs and landings.

4. Roofers: falling from heights, heat stroke in summer.

5. Structural iron and steel workers: falling from heights, heavy materials, welding.

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6. Garbage and recyclables collectors: hazardous materials, heavy equipment, road accidents.

7. Electrical power line installers and repairers: electricity, falling from heights.

8. Truck drivers and mobile sales workers: road accidents, exhaustion.

9. Farmers, ranchers, agricultural managers: heavy equipment, large animals.

10. Construction workers: dangerous equipment and large animals.

Accidents involving transportation are the top cause of work-related fatalities, accounting for nearly half, according to data from the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in the U.S.

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But even so, dangerous jobs hold a strange fascination for fans of reality TV series such as Deadliest Catch (about deep-sea fishing), Ice Road Truckers and America's Toughest Jobs.

Nostalgia may explain their popularity. After all, dangerous jobs are overwhelmingly held by men – rugged labourers who, like industries such as logging and fisheries, are gradually going the way of the dodo.

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