5 Most Dangerous Jobs

Many of the most dangerous jobs in the world are ranked relatively low on the pay scale, implying that people take these jobs on either because they have no choice or because they actually relish the danger. The true adrenalin junkies are more likely to be attracted to the potentially higher earning bracket of careers such as Formula One race car drivers or stunt performers. The fact remains, however, that some of the deadliest jobs are among the lowest paid, but somebody has to do it.

Mining

Although improvements to health and safety measures over the past couple of decades have led to insurance companies offering miners the same level of premiums for life insurance now as those in other professions, it still remains one of the riskiest jobs a person can do. Working underground leaves you open to risks of tunnel collapse, fire and flooding, gas leaks or contamination by other tapped natural substances and more.

Fishing

The deadliest industry anyone in the world can be involved in is the fishing industry, followed closely by agriculture. The solitary nature of these jobs means people suffering accidents are unlikely to receive aid when they need it, and the use of potentially dangerous equipment on a daily basis ups the risk factor significantly. Fishermen are in fact around 50 times more likely to die on the job than those in almost any other profession.

Pilots/Flight Technicians

While commercial aircraft such as passenger jets have such rigorous safety checks before take-off that they are highly unlikely to run into unsolvable difficulties, there are thousands of pilots manning rescue aircraft and emergency response helicopters and the fatality rate per year is one of the highest. Last year in the US alone there were 72 recorded fatalities.

Drivers

Our roads and motorways are some of the most dangerous places to be, and anyone who drives for a living naturally spends more time there than most. Truckers and other long distance drivers often end up driving when over tired which increases the risk of an accident. Taxi drivers put in long hours, often with only a short rest in between. On top of this, in the US in particular cab drivers are at risk from injury or fatality due to the actions of a member of the public.

Working at Height

Those who work at height are at a higher risk than most of workplace injuries or deaths. These include roofers who often work with no safety harness in place and iron and steel workers who are required to build structural skeletons for skyscrapers.

Next time you and your colleagues feel like you are tied to your office desks, spare a thought for those who risk their lives every single day, often for little more than the minimum wage. It may make you appreciate the odd moment of boredom a little more!

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