Examples Of Dangerous Occupations


With a poor job market quickly becoming the norm, many out-of-work individuals may be tempted to take just any position that is offered to them. But before moving forward with a job opportunity, one must realize that some jobs bear inherent risks that certify them as dangerous occupations in which workers don’t just have to worry about getting sick on the job; they have to worry about surviving it.

Some workers in dangerous occupations such as firefighters and police officers put their lives at risk every time there is a call, but they usually have some knowledge of a specific situation’s hazards before going into it. Others are not as fortunate, and, in fact, the most dangerous occupations that experience the most fatalities and injuries each year are not in civil service.

As of 2007, the Business Insider reported that the roofing profession lost 29.4 workers in occupation-related accidents per 100,000. This number is higher than the number of firefighters lost each year by almost double. Roofing fatalities per capita were also higher than that of police officers by approximately 50 percent, making it one of the world’s most dangerous occupations.

Trash and recyclables collectors also ranked surprisingly high, beating out both of the most distinguished forms of civil service. For this profession, the most common cause of death related to transportation incidents. Likewise, truck drivers died at an alarming rate of 28.2 per 100,000 for the very same reasons. In fact, in 2007 alone, nearly 1,000 fatalities were reported. The higher number is most likely due to the pressures of driving long distances on deadline, but cargo security failures and reckless driving (from both within the truck and without) play roles.

Electrical power-line installers also register high as one of the most dangerous occupations because they are constantly exposed to hazardous materials and environments. While there were fewer overall fatalities than the transportation industry, the per capita fatality rate as of 2007 was 29.1 per 100,000.

Still, this number doesn’t come close to matching the death rate of structural iron and steel workers. Also considered one of the most dangerous occupations because of elements and equipment that workers are exposed to, a stunning 45.5 workers out of every 100,000 die each year in work-related incidents.

Within these industries, experts advise that workers pay particularly close attention to two key areas to avoid succumbing to the factors that make them the most dangerous occupations. The first pertains to what the worker himself can control. Transportation incidents and fatal contact with elements or equipment can be avoided by adhering to safety standards.

The second pertains to what the worker cannot control. With transportation-related deaths, many could be avoided if the person not at fault better anticipated safety hazards while out on the roadways. Likewise, knowing the things that can go wrong in a particular environment or with a piece of heavy equipment can prevent one from becoming just another victim to the world’s most dangerous occupations.