Staring at a digital device all day long might be bad for your health but, thankfully, you’re unlikely to ‘go out with a bang’ by doing that. The following jobs promise a much less boring demise; they are some of the world’s most dangerous jobs.
1. Alligator wrestlers
You can broaden this category to include anyone who deals with wild or dangerous animals. How would you like to have this guy’s job? Most alligator wrestlers are Seminole Indians, and the industry is found primarily in Florida, USA.
2. Slaughterhouse workers
The rate of injury in slaughterhouses is three-fold that of any other manufacturing or processing job. The injuries are usually caused by the high demand for speed at which animals are slaughtered and subsequently processed: “...volume is everything, workers are endlessly pressured to kill more animals in less time.”
3. Land mine workers
Generally the task of removing land mines is left to the military, however some war torn parts of the world are strewn with land mines. Sadly, desperate workers often have no choice but to take one of these jobs.
4. Deep-sea fishermen
Ask any Alaskan crab fisherman (bonus danger points if you’re one.) These workers have to endure high, unforgiving seas and brain-freezing temperatures. Could there be any job more dangerous?
5. Roofer – especially in hot countries
If the head spinning heights, lack of safety harnesses and severe inclines don’t put you off, try adding blistering temperatures and dehydration into the mix. Not for the fainthearted!
It’s the noxious fumes, the chemicals and the dangerous equipment that have propelled these guys into this list. Don’t just think about car mechanics – mechanics that deal with helicopters and other vehicles have much to contend with, too.
Farmers face a raft of on-the-job dangers such as being entangled by their heavy machinery, trampled on by their livestock and exposed to toxic levels of chemicals. Not to mention the incredibly long hours of work in peak planting and harvest seasons. Farming and similar agricultural occupations experience up to 21.8 fatalities per 100,000.
According to preliminary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, loggers in the US experience a staggering death rate of 91.8 per 100,000. These workers perform their work under highly precarious conditions – at great heights and uneven terrains. Their equipment, for example chain saws and logging machines, is also hazardous. Loggers have to navigate the extraordinary momentum and weight of falling trees and tree limbs, often under unfavourable weather locations and in remote locations.
9. Aircraft pilots
A surprising addition, but according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, this occupation (flight engineers are also included in this group) experiences up to 50.6 fatalities per 100,000. If you consider the small aircrafts used to deal with bush fires, for example, the inclusion is less surprising. These pilots face very hostile weather and terrain, and their jobs are certainly not safe.
10. Refuse and recyclable materials collector
If you’re struggling to believe this job qualifies as being dangerous, here’s the proof: a death rate of 33.0 per 100,000. When you next see the ‘garbage man’ perched dangerously on narrow ledges and running boards, you’ll understand the reason for the inclusion. One small slip can result in their being caught under the wheels of the vehicle or even struck by passing traffic.
See also: 5 Most Difficult Jobs in the World
Which jobs would make your list?