Every day, we hear about hardworking men and women putting their “lives on the line” while they fight violence or perform heroic acts as police officers, firefighters, or rescue workers. While these types of occupations should be celebrated and not overlooked, they are dangerous, but they surprisingly aren’t the most risky or deadliest type of occupation. Who would guess that a garbage collector’s daily duties could be more dangerous than a police officer? Before you say that the “everyday laborer” has it easy, take a look at some of the most dangerous and deadliest jobs:
Year after year, commercial fishing has been declared one the the deadliest occupations and if you’ve ever watched a television show profiling commercial fishing, you may understand. The seas can be treacherous, a fisherman can fall overboard, and wet and unsafe conditions on deck can lead to any number of life threatening injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous occupations in the U.S., with a fatality rate approximately 39 times higher than the national average. While a life at sea can truly be an adventure, it’s a lot of risk for a nice seafood dinner.
Anyone can figure out how to use a hammer, but it’s the rest of the work that can be hazardous to one’s health and even result in death. If you go into construction work, you must have vast knowledge on machinery, tools, safety procedures, and feel just as comfortable working from ten stories high than you do on the ground. With about 19 deaths per 100,000, construction workers may have near death experiences every day. According to the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), one in ten construction workers are injured every year.
From trips, slips, falls, electrocution, and a variety of different accidents, construction laborers put their lives on the live more often than their managers. Not only is construction work deadly, but it can end up killing you later in life, depending on the type of work you did as a laborer. For instance, if a construction laborer spend a lot of his or her time working on an older building that has asbestos containing materials, he or she is at a greater risk of developing malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, later in life.
Taxi Cabs, Chauffeurs, and Truck Drivers
Have you thought that a job on the road might be the perfect fit for you or becoming an Uber driver might be a great source of income? Sure, you may be at risk of a fender bender every now and then, but overall, it seems safe, right? Driving a taxi or being a long haul truck driver may be a lot more dangerous than you think. Not only are you at greater risk of being involved in a fatal car accident, but taxicab drivers may have a higher chance of being a victim of violence. Both taxi, chauffeur, and truck drivers are prone to drowsy driving, which has been known to be the cause of at least 1,550 roadway deaths each year.
The Garbage Collector and the Police Officer
Though seemingly worlds apart, a city would not run smoothly without one or the other. With 33 fatalities per 100,000 people, garbage collectors put their lives on the line every day as they work with heavy machinery, hazardous materials, and battle traffic. Police officers, with an estimated 16 deaths per 100,000 people, make a vow to safety and know that their lives may drastically change at any given moment. Fortunately, they are a little more protected and equipped to fight back against some of their daily challenges like violence.