When we think about our dream job, we never think of it as being dangerous or even fatal. We may sometimes get stuck in a job that may pay well, but the ramifications of taking a dangerous job are far more serious than we can ever imagine. You can incur all kinds of injuries and even death. One of the worst-case scenarios being; you hurt your back. A back injury is a serious injury, especially if you need to have surgery. Back injuries can lead to years of debilitating issues. You can put your spinal cord at risk or any other part of your back. Dangerous jobs are the main causes of spinal injury. There are 9 dangerous professions you should think twice before getting involved in.
- Fishers and related fishing jobs
- Aircraft pilots
- Garbage and recycling collectors
- Structural steel and iron workers
- Truck drivers
- Electrical power line installers
- Construction laborers
Loggers is actually considered the most dangerous job in America. Loggers are constantly moving around rough landscapes with large trees while using heavy equipment to cut them down. The deaths and accidents of loggers revolve around falling trees and cutting themselves with chainsaws. The fatality rate of loggers is 110.9 deaths per 100,000 workers
FISHERS AND RELATED FISHING JOBS
Another industry that’s considered dangerous is commercial fishing. It’s very risky and sometimes lethal. Deep-sea fishers, are exposed to many things and can often have accidents that are fatal, including drowning and hits by heavy equipment. Fishers deal with temperatures that are often freezing and rainy, while the raging seas can eat them up at the same time. Lastly, the heavy that they wear doesn’t always work correctly and can lead to problems. The fatality rate for fishers and related fishing jobs is 80.8 deaths per 100,000 workers.
There are many different types of pilots and while airline travel is pretty safe, not every pilot works for an airline. Most deaths don’t necessarily occur in airline occupations but bush pilots. Unfortunately, bush pilots’ aircrafts aren’t taken care of like the airline planes. They usually work in smaller aircrafts and because they work on smaller aircrafts their planes tend to struggle in bad weather or when flying over rough terrain. Another issue is that bush pilots don’t use landing strips or prepared runways. That alone can be very dangerous. The fatality rate for aircraft pilots is 64 deaths per 100,000 workers.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this is a dangerous job. Simply put, roofers can fall! They can fall from a second-story roof and the consequences can leave them paralyzed or even death. Roofers will work in various weather conditions that aren’t necessarily safe, just because they may be used to it, but at the end of the day working in tough weather conditions is considered careless, especially if they are working on an icy roof or a roof that’s been rained on. The fatality rate for roofers is 47.4 deaths per 100,000 workers.
GARBAGE AND RECYCLING COLLECTORS
Do we ever really think our garbage collectors’ job is dangerous or fatal? I see my garbage collector come around every week and never once have I thought; “that’s a dangerous job!” It seems like they are just putting trash in a truck. Well, when you think about the job’s dangers; they dispose of hazardous material daily, they are lifting heavy containers that can hurt them or damage their back. These workers are also in danger being run over because the driver may not be able to see them working and running in the back of the truck, or they may be in a traffic related accident. Bottom line, their job is just as dangerous as the others. The fatality rate for garbage collectors is 35.8 deaths per 100,000 workers.
STRUCTURAL STEEL AND IRON WORKERS
This job is considered dangerous because they work so high off the ground and are at risk of falling. These workers usually wear safety harnesses that should be attached to ropes, however, if they slip and fall there’s a chance that they can hit heavy iron or steel beams. That alone can cause a lot of damage and even death. The fatality rate for structural steel and iron workers is 25.2 deaths per 100,000 workers.
People In these types of jobs tend to take a lot of safety measures and training. Unfortunately, no matter how good of a driver you are, you are not immune to hazardous road conditions or the faults of other drivers. Drivers often work long hours with no rest or time off. That can lead to a driver being extremely tired which can cause accidents. The fatality rate for truck drivers is 24.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.
ELECTRICAL POWER LINE INSTALLERS
We all need electricity to get by these days. Electrical power line installers are the workers who provide the supply of electricity. They are often performing their job in problematic weather or when damage is done to power lines or they have been knocked down. Most of the workers in this job are at risk of being electrocuted. They also need to be able to climb tall poles in order to work on electrical lines. They are also at risk of falling. The fatality rate for electrical power line installers is 19.2 deaths per 100,000 workers.
It’s important for construction workers to be and stay aware of the dangers that are associated with the jobs they perform. Unfortunately, things happen when safety isn’t a priority at the work site. Most construction workers injure themselves or end up losing their lives due to falling, getting hit by an object or getting electrocuted. The fatality rate for construction workers is 16.9 deaths per 100,000 workers.