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Most Dangerous Occupations in New York

New York is a large city. And sometimes keeping a big city humming comes with a price. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71 people were reported to have died on the job in 2011. Unfortunately, New York has a number of dangerous industries. While a number of safety regulations are already in place to prevent injuries and deaths, workers are still getting killed. Some of the most dangerous jobs, according to statistics:

Subway workers. While people may not think of working on the subway poses any real dangers, there are many risks. In fact, a number of subway workers have been electrocuted by falling on or accidentally coming into contact with the notorious 3rd rail. Former subway worker Richard Holley admits that he has also seen workers hit and killed by trains. He says safety precautions can only go so far when working on live rails.

Cab drivers. Driving a cab in New York can be particularly dangerous. A number of drivers over the years have been robbed, shot and even beaten by fares. After one cab driver was beaten into a coma over a fare, a bill has been introduced by the New York Taxi Drivers Alliance, to make attacks on drivers a felony. John Donaugh has driven taxis in New York since 1977. He says he enlists numerous safety precautions to stave off trouble. "It's a racket and people are always trying to beat you, both literally and figuratively."

Sandhog blasting has netted numerous injuries and a few deaths over the years. Blasting through concrete comes with marked dangers. From exploding tunnels to falling concrete, blasting is a dangerous occupation. In 2011, a worker was killed by falling bedrock.

Being an iron worker on the city's bridges and skyscrapers is a very dangerous job. Barry Collins comes from a long line of steelworkers that date back to the 1920s. He says people are constantly getting injured from crushed fingers, stubbed toes and 20-foot falls, breaking limbs.

Members of the New York City bomb squad are also constantly in the line of danger. While people may not see it on television, members have had to hold people down and cut off live grenades. While the risks are significantly lower due to bomb sniffing dogs, squad members can still get badly injured or even killed if things go wrong.