MORE DANGEROUS JOBS
Added on: 30th Jan 2015
Another sea-faring occupation that is included in the top most
dangerous jobs; merchant mariner has 23 deaths and 5 injuries per
100,000 workers. Just like commercial fishermen, these seafaring
workers are at sea for months on ends before they are able to see
land or a port again. Most of what they do involves working within
the ship’s broilers and other equipment. Because of the strenuous
environment, they also have to battle with depression and
other psychological issues.
For a car dependent society, the mechanic profession is crucial.
However, this profession comes with a bag full of dangers involving
extremely heavy objects, toxic fumes, and long arduous work hours.
HIGH-RISE WINDOW CLEANERS
High-rise window cleaners have to work in very dangerous conditions
due to possible wind gusts at such high altitudes. If workers are not
careful, strong wind drafts are enough to jeopardize their lives.
A fall from such altitudes is a guaranteed death.
TAXI DRIVERS AND CHAUFFEURS
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs have a fatal injury rate of 24.2 out of
100,000. The extreme dangers involved in these jobs are due to the
sheer number of hours logged by taxi drivers and chauffeurs.
Oftentimes, they have to work more than 12 hours a day and most of
their work hours are conducted at night, increasing the odds of being
involved in some sort of accident. They can also experience stress and
fatigue due to heavy traffic and other road conditions.
STRUCTURAL AND STEEL WORKERS
There is a high fatality rate among professional structural and
steel workers due to falling debris; and the equipment and materials used.
In 2008, fatalities in this profession were pegged at 47 per 100,000
steel workers making it the fourth most dangerous jobs at that time.
The good news is that, according to the United States Department of
Labour Statistics, mining incidents have been on a declining trend.
Nevertheless, mining is still and extremely dangerous job with 35
fatalities recorded in 2012 (an improvement from 73 fatalities recorded
in 2006). Workers are still exposed to harsh working conditions and are
still susceptible to cave-ins and respiratory diseases.
ELECTRICAL POWER LINES AND REPAIRMEN
The imminent dangers of this occupation are in the injuries that can occur
from falling off light poles and towers. Since they are also working with
high-voltage power lines, there is also the danger of electrocution.
FARMER AND RANCHERS
In the United States and other developed countries where state-of-the-art
machinery are employed in farming, there are 38 deaths per 100,000 workers.
These fatalities stem from occupational accidents due to tractors and
machinery used to plant, cultivate and harvest crops. In third world countries,
they lack these occupational hazards since many still use the traditional
methods of farming which involves the use of a water buffalo or other
large animal. However, the risks involved besides the back-breaking labour
usually come from the harsh exposure to the sun, which can cause