We hear people complaining of their mundane 9-5 desk jobs all the time. Earning a livelihood shouldn’t just be a to-do task, it should also come with thrills and exciting opportunities, that’s what most people look for.
But the grass is not always greener on the other side, professionals with routine and secure jobs should appreciate that they don’t have to take up some of the deadliest occupations that come with a long list of underlying danger.
Here we have some of the world’s most dangerous occupations that sure call for high premium life insurance.
7. Logging worker
Often considered as the most dangerous job, the pay that comes with it isn’t much for all the risk that comes along with it. Commercial logging happens to be a deadly occupation that involves repetitive stress injuries, huge saw blades, falling from trees, uneven terrain and extreme weather conditions that could twist the trees. Let us also not forget the broken tree tops that pose a huge risk. Most of the times, the loggers think they can handle the job without sufficient training because they were already trained in the family.
Even with the introduction of special saw techniques and other safer equipment, if the stand of trees is thick, traditional chain-saw seems to be the only means to get the job done. The difficulties faced by them are one of the deadliest that comes with any profession. The last recorded fatalities are around 128 per 100,000 workers.
Commercial fishing is a lot different from what we experience when we go out for fishing on weekends. Having to work in isolated fishing grounds, amidst huge crashing waves, on unstable slippery decks, in high winds is not an easy task. The physical stress and other health issues that come along with the job only add up to the risk posed by heavy equipment and extreme weather conditions. Even the weight of the beating fish caught in those big nets could add up to several hundred pounds! The long continuous hours they have to put even in darkness makes them susceptible to many fatal accidents.
With such varied risks associated with this occupation and the last known death rate as high as 117 people per 100,000 workers, this sure is one of the most dangerous ways to earn a living.
Imagine flying in a plane and those images of long queues, cramped legs, uncomfortable back and bland food instantly turn you down. Now try imagining flying a plane. However lucrative it may seem, especially to youngsters, the risks that come with being a pilot put this profession high up on the list of dangerous jobs. The countless health risks they are subjected to on a regular basis range from hypothermia to high levels of cabin radiation.
Commercial flights pose less dangerous with high safety methods and ample protection but those involved in rescue operations need to complete targets and work even in bad weather conditions. The death rate is as high as 53.4 per 100,000 workers and sure is a very risky job.
4. Hazardous Material Workers
Having to work in extremely unhygienic areas involving garbage, laboratories’ and factories’ poisonous wastes with heavy machinery and noises in confined areas could be a brief job description for this profession. Dealing with hazardous chemicals from work processes causes a lot of acute health hazards like nausea, vomiting, skin corrosion and some chronic ones like asthma, dermatitis or even cancer. The physiochemical risks arising through inappropriate handling involve injury to humans and/or damage to property due to flammability and corrosion.
The fatality rates are higher than even policemen or firefighters. The last recorded casualties are 47 out of 100000 workers who lost their lives while 55 out of every 100 workers are injured.
3. Roofer/ Construction worker
Roofers are the professionals specialized n roof constructions. As is evident, anything involving heights brings a big bag of risks as well. Working with heavy materials, smoke, temperature extremes at such heights make this job a really dangerous one. The most common risks come from exposure to different harmful substances that may generate hazardous dust, toxic fumes and vapours. The biggest respiratory health risks come from asbestos and silica.
Even with all the safety courses, harnesses and safety gears, the risks associated with this occupation don’t become any lesser. The death rate is approximately 40.1 per 100,000 roof workers.
2. Structural Steel Worker
A structural steel worker is a metal worker engaged in building metal structures, especially in high-rise buildings. Their occupation involves joining together steel beams, columns and surfaces to create a metal skeleton. Everything about this job is dangerous – the risk of falling down, being hit by falling objects, eye injury, back and spinal cord injury as well as exposure to loud levels of noise. And let us not overlook the possibility of electrocution!
Even with a large number of preventive measures in place, the death rate associated with this job is 30.3 per 100,000 workers.
1. Garbage Collector
Talk of thankless jobs and high up that list is that of a garbage collector. But not just a thankless one, it is a deadly one as well. While working with huge machinery that could crush anything (and anyone) that gets in the way, they also have to deal with hazardous materials, dispose of chemicals, broken glass and both live and dead rodents. Repetitive lifting of heavy objects poses a threat of back injuries. Vehicle collisions also account for a common cause for injury.
Fair enough for this profession to show up on the list of the world’s most dangerous jobs, with 25 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers.
Next time we start complaining about our monotonous dull jobs; let us first think of how difficult it is for those who are involved in these occupations. Let us appreciate how lucky we are to be making a livelihood in a risk-free safe environment and thank these professionals for taking up such dangerous jobs to help put this world together.