Hell on Wheels

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The next time you are tempted to stiff a surly cabbie, put yourself behind the wheel. A recent study on workplace violence ranked driving a taxi as the most dangerous occupation in the U.S., with sheriff or bailiff as a distant second and police officer or detective the third most perilous positions. Between 1990 and 1992, 140 cab drivers and chauffeurs were killed, more than all law enforcement officials combined, according to researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. According to the study, about 20 American workers are killed and 18,000 are assaulted every week. Most of the victims are white males between the age of 25 to 34 who serve the public or handle cash. Postal workers, believe it or not, did not appear on the list. -->