While overall fatalities on the job dropped, the number of murders in the workplace increased in 2007, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During 2007, 5,488 people died from job-related injuries, a 6 percent decrease from 2006. However, workplace murders increased 13 percent to 610 homicides.

Fishing continues to be the most dangerous job, a position it has held for the last three years, followed by flying and logging. Nearly 112 of every 100,000 workers in the fishing industry suffered job-related deaths last year.

The largest number of work related fatalities came from truck drivers and sales workers. Last year, 908 workers in this industry died or about 21.4 workers per 100,000 employees.

Published on: Aug 22, 2008