The next time you are sitting at your desk at work staring at the clock to turn five, think about people who risk their lives every day for their job. The U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics, Center for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and the Health Administration were able to compile a list of the ten most dangerous jobs. Trade organization data helped provide the information from different sectors. These sectors include: healthcare, transportation, civil service agriculture and construction.
Construction workers have topped the list numerous years and it’s not exactly surprising to know why. They make an average salary of $34,000 per year. Roof workers also stand the risk of sunburn or destroying their fingers with hammers and nails. There is also the risk of falling off the roof or a ladder.
Logging workers have fatality rate of 110.9 percent her 100,000 workers. Their average salary is $37,000 per year. Loggers risk their life every day working with huge machinery out in the wilderness. No one can predict mother nature, so anything can happen or fall on them during bad weather. The housing market has boomed again which is attracting the need for workers who are inexperienced.
If you have seen the television show Deadliest Catch then you already know how terrifying the job of a fisherman can be. This is not one of the most dangerous jobs in America, it is around the world. These fisherman have to deal with malfunctioning fishing equipment in the worst of weather. For fishing these dangerous seas, their average income is only $30,000. Sailors and marine workers can also be included in this category.
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers make a little more for their dangerous profession. Their average income is around $120,000 per year. While the job has always been dangerous, it became seriously dangerous after the terror attacks on America in 2011. An airplane can malfunction at any time, even run out of fuel. Being stuck in the sky is probably the scariest place to be when something goes wrong.
Refuse and recyclable material collectors face not only a dirty job but a dangerous one as well. The fatality rate is a whopping 35.8 percent per 100,000 trash collectors. There are so many hazards they can face such as; broken glass, caustic chemicals, having to accidental handle syringes and contract diseases. Trash collectors can also get caught in the hydraulic lifts as well.
Mining machine operators or coal miners face an extremely high risk of death. The normal part of their job consists of cave-ins, lung and respiratory problems, flooding and elevator problems. Mine explosions since 1880 have taken the lives of thousands. Luckily in 2011, improved conditions have decreased the death rate in coal mining. That being said, it is still one of the most dangerous jobs in America.
Power and utility workers face a higher risk of fatality compared to a Fireman or Police Man. They have to work climbing ladies stories high and the risk of surges in electricity. Not only that, they are exposed to dangerous substances in the environment they are working in.
Truck drivers are on the road for days at a time running the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. They are also subject to thousands of other drivers possibly running into them. If a truck driver slams on his brakes it takes them 20-40% farther than regular cars to stop. When big rigs are struck by another vehicle it is easy for them to blow up in flames or topple upside down. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs can also be included in this category.
It’s pretty self explanatory to mention that explosive workers have a dangerous job. The fatality rate is 0.39 percent per 1,000 employees. These brave souls have to detonate complicated explosive devices and pray it doesn’t blow up literally in their face. They also face the risk of being shot in the line of duty just as any police officer would.
Ending the list of a dangerous job are animal trainers. The fatality rate of this career is 0.53 percent per 1,000 animal trainers. Animal trainers that train with larger animals in the wild such as; whales and elephants poise a greater risk then those who may train a tiger or monkey.