No one expects to head into work and take their life in their own hands every time they clock in for their shift. However, for many people that daily risk is simply their reality. When we think of an injury at work, it’s easy for our minds to jump to slipping on a wet surface, falling from a ladder or even developing an injury over time, such as repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome. But, when you work in a highly dangerous job, your injuries can be much more severe and in many cases – fatal! Want to know which jobs you’re most likely to get injured in? Check out this post.
The world is full of dangerous jobs, but someone has to do them, right? Read on to discover what the most dangerous jobs are.
Fishermen and related marine work
We probably don’t give much thought to how the fish and seafood we enjoy gets to our plates. But the main way it gets to us is through the endless hours spent at sea and the sheer grit and determination of the fishing community. This industry isn’t for the faint-hearted, with injuries and the likelihood of death a daily reality. The physical aspect of these roles should tell you everything you need to know about how dangerous these jobs really are. Slippery decks, huge fishing equipment, nets, severe weather conditions, drowning, sinking ships and working in remote areas with very little assistance all put the workers in potential danger.
Of course, when you’re working amongst nature, with huge heavy machinery at a great height, your industry will have certain safety measures in place. However, when you’re a logger, things can become unpredictable and everything can change in an instant. Again, another job that demands huge physical input from its workers, who are at risk from falling objects, accidents with machinery such as chainsaws and wood chippers all whilst working in areas far from specialized medical teams and equipment.
Farmers and ranchers
The process from farm to plate is a long one, something which is overseen by a huge community of farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers who keep the country moving and well-fed. However, this doesn’t make them immune to injuries and danger in the workplace. With many agricultural workers becoming severely injured and even killed for a wide variety of reasons. Most of these incidents have vehicles and machinery involved, such as tractors, tools and heavy equipment.
Those who drive for a living
Truckers, delivery drivers and even traveling salespeople are also in some of the most dangerous jobs out there. As you can probably guess, the reasoning behind their accidents and fatalities is due to vehicle collisions and road-related incidents.
Pilots and aviation workers
Pilots are often depicted living a life of luxury and enjoying every second of their jet-setting lifestyle While this is perfectly true, pilots and other aviation workers actually work in one of the most dangerous professions out there. With accidents and crashes proving to be mostly fatal, and other underlying health issues diminishing their enjoyment of life such as stress, anxiety and even loneliness.
Other dangerous jobs include:
- Police Officers
- Maintenance and repair workers