I think they're talking about a traditional (manual) machinist. All the other categories are classic top 10 high death rate jobs (fisherman, logger, ironworker), so machinist sounds believable.
Edit: It's actually not a fluff piece -- it's a report from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The "machinist" title is actually very broad: "Industrial machinery installation, repair, and operation":
Last edited by lazlo; 08-29-2010 at 09:43 PM.
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