America's most dangerous jobs: 7. Farming and ranching
September 20th, 2012
03:45 PM ET
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Fatality rate per 100,000 workers: 25.3
Median wage: $70,010

Working on a farm or a ranch is labor-intensive and machines help lift much of that burden - but they are also the cause of many fatal accidents.

Ranch hands use all-terrain vehicles to reach distant fields and even to herd cattle. The use of ATVs has become so widespread that in states like Montana, they surpassed horses as the biggest source of injuries on ranches, according to Gene Surber, who teaches safety at large agricultural organizations such as the Montana Stockgrowers Association, a non-profit organization for cattle ranching families.

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