Dangerous jobs, such as high stress jobs, can cost your health. A recent study by UC Davis reports that work-related injuries account for $250 billion of the nation's annual healthcare cost. Occupational health outranks every other single cause for healthcare (including cancer, diabetes, and strokes) but it doesn't get the attention it deserves, according to UC Davis public health professor Dr. J. Paul Leigh.
The most dangerous jobs can contribute to the staggering number of work-related fatalities. According to this podcast and corresponding blog post on work injuries, out of 8 million work-related injuries and 500 thousand work-related sickness, work caused 59,000 deaths in 2010 alone. Of course these numbers cover only reported work injuries, illnesses and deaths. There are bound to be many more incidents from occupational hazards that were not reported.
If you have a high stress job or work in a dangerous field (logging, fishing, oil rigs), make sure to take extra precaution as the numbers are not in your favor.