People work to earn a living and to pay off their bills and other needs. There are many works available around the world to choose from. The kind of profession you choose depends on your passion, educational background and qualification. Most often, people are really thankful once they have a stable job. A good paying job fends your “needs and wants” in life. Once you have the job, you feel great because you have secured your future. But then again, can you really have a future to talk about? Well, not all jobs are easy. There are few works that may be high paying but comes with bigger life risks. Though such jobs are endless, we are here to list you the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the world. In fact, we advice you to think a 100 times before deciding one of these as your career option because your life is worth it. Isn’t it?
Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs In The World
Not all jobs can be considered a dream job. Office jobs and other white-collared jobs may be safe but there are some that are really dangerous. And no matter how capable you are in that field, it is still going to be dangerous. It is a common knowledge that in every job there are unexpected accidents. These accidents may or may not be fatal on the person or professional involved. However, there are jobs that expose their workers to accidents. Not that they don’t have precautionary measures for this. Actually, they work hard enough to prevent such accidents from happening. But how much ever they work to avoid it, workers are bound to suffer from accidents, injuries, broken bones and sometimes even death.
So, here are the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the world, which have been compiled based on the following factors:
- Number of fatalities they have every year and
- The practical things they do during work time, which makes them dangerous and unsafe.
1. Heavy Truck Drivers
Being a truck driver is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. It is not merely about driving and transporting goods from one place to the other but more on how to operate a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 lbs per vehicle. Truck accidents can be the consequence of many factors which can also endanger the lives of passengers from other vehicles or even by-standers. The most common cause of truck accidents, however, is defective breaks. The number of people who died due to truck accidents increased a great leap of 14% during 2009 to 2013. To prevent more accidents on the road, there is a federal regulation which only allows truck drivers to spend 70 hours of work on the road. Yet some drivers violate this rule, thereby, resulting to accidents.
2. Airline Pilot/Bush Pilot
Flying may be one of the best experiences one can have in his or her lifetime but it doesn’t come without a price. Flying a craft and being a pilot is also considered as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world because you never know what will happen midair. Unlike engine troubles on land, engine troubles mid-air can result in hazardous crashes and can be fatal to its pilot as well as passengers. There are also other factors that can affect the air-crafts. Usually, these are air turbulence and sudden weather changes. Apart from these crashes, a pilot may also have the risk of his/her health due to excess sun exposure, as most windshields used in air-crafts are not strong enough to protect them from UV rays.
It is not uncommon for us to know that the job of a firefighter is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Braving through fire and falling debris, every mission that a firefighter has can be considered a suicide. However, no matter how hard their job is, they never fail to amaze and gain our respect. However, you cannot deny the fact that they risk their very own lives just to save other lives.
If you consider United States alone, there were 64 firefighters who died on-duty in 2014. Though this is still a great number, it significantly decreased from 2013’s 97 deaths. Frequently, the cause of firefighters’ death is heart attack which constitutes a great 44% from the total death percentage, followed by trauma with 27%, fire truck collisions at 20-25% and asphyxia and burns with only 20%. It should also be noted that in the past decade, there was a 6% increase in fatality during training for firefighters that still needs to be prevented.
4. Construction Workers
Construction workers have the most tedious job out there. In addition to their tiring job, comes the great risk of danger in terms of injuries and even deaths on their working area. The leading causes of death among workers in a construction site include falls, being struck by a sharp object, trapped in the middle or being electrocuted. These 4 are claimed to be the major causes for more than half of the deaths in the construction industry. In 2014 alone, there had been a total of 4679 fatal work injuries, which is 2% higher than the 2013 records. Though construction is one of the most perilous jobs, there have been a lot of organizations that is currently exerting efforts to improve construction safety and working conditions for the laborers. It is best and should be implemented on all construction areas so that these laws can ensure the safety and security not only of the workers but also the companies they are working for.
5. Oil Riggers
Oil rigs are manned platform that are used for off-shore or land drilling. As a matter of fact, oil drilling is considered as one of America’s most dangerous profession. In this field, risks are inevitable. Oil and gas rig workers in this industry are exposed to flammable gases and vapors which can easily cause fire and even explosion. In addition to risks like fire and explosion, workers have to deal with cranes that carry heavy equipments above their heads. A small mistake could cost many lives. Hence, this is one of the jobs where the number of fatalities is great and exceeds expectations. If there are problems on off-shore rigs, the only rescue they have is coast guards and though they can respond at the soonest possible time, incidents like explosion occurs much faster and most often than not will result to a number of deaths among workers of the particular rig site.
6. Electrical Power-Line Workers
Power line workers assemble, maintain and fix overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems including switches, transformers and other electrically related wirings. Around 30-50 electrical power line workers in every 100,000 gets killed on their job every year just to make sure that we have our lights and electricity on. These workers may be unnoticed but just like firefighters, they also do their best to provide consumers with what we need, especially during an electric block-out caused by a storm. If they are lucky enough to live after an accident, they lose their limbs due to electrical burns and mechanical trauma. Other causes of injury and fatalities for electrical workers aside from electrocution include falls from posts and injuries from other falling objects. They may also experience sprains, strains, cuts or lacerations and even contusions during work. With these accidents, it is very much a must that all employers should ensure their workers to follow regulations and safety precautions meant for the electric industry.
7. Underwater Welders
As the name suggests, underwater welders work and weld stuffs at elevated pressures under water. Workers in this area face the risk of electric shock under water as the diver and the electrodes are directly exposed to water. To prevent an electric shock from happening, a waterproof electrode should be properly insulated so that the welding current can be controlled and further, does not harm the workers.
In addition to the possible electric shock, other hazards include decompression sickness, hypothermia and even drowning for the reason that they need to submerge themselves at a specific depth under water. Most workers who have been in this field have been reported problems related to cognitive and musculoskeletal areas, which includes problems with memory, hearing and muscle aches. The reported fatalities for this work ranges from 6 to 13 in every 10,000 workers a year which is already high compared to other fields.
8. Enlisted Military Personnel
Military personnel are members of armed forces who are deployed on specific assignments to protect and defend the welfare of the state and its people. Many military members died while serving the country. As of 1 October 2015, there were reports of about 2326 US military deaths in the War of Afghanistan alone while 20,083 members badly injured in action during the war. Moreover, there were also 121 American soldiers who died serving the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) where 54 are confirmed dead in Africa, Southeast Asia and Cuba while 67 deaths occurred outside the war zone while helping combat missions in Afghanistan.
With the numbers of fatalities and casualties, being a military man is indeed a tough job. Apart from the risk of deaths and injuries on the war zone, military personnel also experience emotional trauma — being away from their families. Being on the battlefield can also cause mental stress on them, which may carry up in their old age.
Loggers are also considered as having the most risky jobs in the world mainly because of the equipments they use as well as the falling trees. The fatality rate for loggers is 127.8 per 100,000 workers plus thousands more are injured per year. This rose to almost 25% mainly because of inexperienced loggers being hired by the different logging companies to meet the demand for logs.
If the tree reaches the ground safely without hitting anyone, loggers should still maintain careful distance as there might be severely bent limbs that can injure them. However, now, logging has become safer due to mechanical felling. Loggers can now sit in a protective cab while a steel arm is holding the chainsaw to cut the trunk of a certain tree.
Lastly, on the list of top 10 most dangerous jobs in the world is none other than “Fishing”. As a matter of fact, the fatality rate for fishermen is 39 times higher than the US national average and more than half of these fatalities usually happened following a vessel catastrophe followed by falling overboard. Furthermore, unexpected changes in weather can cause ship to crash and needless to say about those heavy equipments aboard can also cause ship fatalities. The average workplace death rate for the commercial fishing industry was estimated to be 124 deaths per 100,000 fishermen. These cases may have been prevented though if safety precautions are being set such as wearing proper gears and listening to weather forecasts.
Every job is important and every job is uniquely designed to suit the capacity of an individual being hired. To help prevent further accidents and fatalities in the different work fields, we as individuals should also know where we stand, the quality of our training, importance of our education and ability to complete the job safely. Let us refrain from applying for a job where we know that our skills are not enough to maintain safety from an impending disaster no matter how tempting the salary is.
Though there are many easy jobs out there, some people are still willing to do jobs that not everyone is very keen to have. These jobs require the courage and bravado that only selected people are chosen to do. For that reason, we should thank them for their willingness to such jobs in the best possible way to provide us with our needs. Indeed, every person has his or her unique part in this world and we are sure that you have too. You better choose your profession carefully and always remember that whatever occupation you decide, you should know the consequences of it and what you are facing so that you can prepare and arm yourself with the necessary precautions and safety training needed for your chosen profession.