Sep 24, 2011

Dangerous Jobs

Maybe 2 years back,I was watching this program on some channel listing the top 10 difficult jobs in the world and was surprised to see that one of them was my hubby's profession as well.Even though my husband did tell me often how tough it could get and all,explained his stuff,I didnt give it much thought but when I saw it on Tv,I felt stupid coz i didnt understand it,proud that he excelled in something this difficult.

I have seen a man's face split open when a disc cutting metal flew off and buried into his face,I have seen shards of metal burn through uniforms,safety shoes,socks and embed within skin.I have seen it pulled out from his face.I have seen uniforms burn out and destroyed due to welding and what not....I have patches of salt so thick,due tp excessive sweating,you could scrape it off the uniform.I have seen him crawl into such tight spaces where you can expand just ur lungs in order to get to that vital part of wiring of the ship,trawlers,speedboats, that the boat would not have to be split wide open.I have seen arms cut off,I have seen legs cut off.I have seen him open a bolt which took an entire hour.

I have a total different respect for them and for all other jobs,thanks to discovery channels and what not,that give us an idea how certain jobs are done.

Dangerous Jobs 
  • No. 1 :  Thats the job of fishermen,the seamen...the ones who fish out crabs and tuna.They battle through the most extremes of weather and are on sea for 2 months at a time with no sleep,temperatures sometimes below -40 celsius.
•No. 2: The Timber Industry includes loggers, lumberjacks, and helpers. It held the Number One spot for many years with 92.4 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2006 - a decrease from 118 in 2002. In 2008, fatalities increased to 116 Deaths per 100,000 workers.

One of my pain-management patients was a timber cutter that had been sucked into a buzz saw. He was cut diagonally through the upper body from shoulder to hip and survived, in great pain, living on disability income. Others are hurt and killed by falls, trees falling on them, vehicular accidents, and in other ways.

•No. 3: The occupation of Farmer or Rancher became more deadily and dangerous in 2008.

•No. 4: Structural Iron and Steel Industry workers , with a slight decrease to 46/100,000 deaths. (In 2007, it was 76 deaths per 100,000 emplyees).

•No. 5 : Sanitation Workers or Garbage Collectors -- and Recyclers with 37 deaths/100,000 workers. Garbage Collectors and Professional Recyclers were not even in the Top 10 for 2002. These jobs have increased in numbers and have become more dangerous jobs.

•No. 2 : Aircraft work-related fatalities increased significantly in 2006, bringing Aircraft Pilots (82.2 deaths per 100,000) This number decreased to 72/100,000 in 2008 and Aircaft Pilots dropped to its current Number Six spot.

THE SECOND TOP 10 -- Numbers 11 to 20 in 2008

•Power Line Installer - 30/100,000

•Police Officer - 16/100,000

•Fireman(woman) - 7/100,000

•Oil and Gas Crew - 24 deaths/only 1 inujury/100,000

•Cement Makers - 13 deaths/3 injuries//100,00

•Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs fell in the Top 20 Most Dangerous Jobs in 2007 to Number Sixteen in 2008 at 21 Deaths/1 injury//100,000.

•Nearly 50% of all work-related injuries happen amongTruck Drivers or Material Movers -truckers, step-van deliveries, forklifts, trash collectors, recyclers, cabbies, movers ("Two Men and a Truck"), chauffeurs. 22 deaths and 0.4 injuries//100,000 in 2008. This is a reduction out of the Top 10 for 2007.

•Constructor Equipment Operators - 16/100,000.

•Slaughterhouse - 2 deaths and 0.4 injury per 100,000. Read fast food antion for an eye-opening account in one chapter of the repeated injour and exploitation of one such worker.

•Security Guards - Increasing in danger at 8/100,000; more dangerous statistically than Police Officers

America Worst Jobs
If you think your job is bad, think twice... unless you've got one of the "worst" jobs in America today. It isn't much of a surprise that many of these low-rated jobs overlap with the most dangerous jobs. What's more, none have an annual salary above $40,000. has released a comprehensive ranking of the worst occupations, based upon several key criteria, including salary, stress and physical demand. What are the ten worst jobs in the country?

10. Iron Worker

This job requires you to work with hot metal, usually at great heights and for little reward. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median hourly income of Iron Workers below $20. Work can be irregular at times, because of bad weather, the short-term nature of construction jobs and economic downturns. Beware: This job category has the fourth-highest fatality rate in the country, at 61.0 deaths per 100,000 workers.

9. Roustabout

If you're not sure what a Roustabout is, you're probably not alone. A relatively specialized field, roustabouts perform maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, using hand and power tools. The BLS expects the demand for roustabouts to decline slowly over the next decade. Median Salary: $29,000

8. Welder

The job of a welder involves melting metal joints together, usually behind a protective mask and visor to prevent serious injury. The BLS says only the top 10 percent of welders earn above $22.50 an hour.

7. Garbage Collector

No need to describe this one. Although wages vary significantly based upon experience and responsibilities, the BLS lists median hourly earnings at just $13.93. Garbage collectors also rank as the sixth deadliest job in America, with a fatality rate of 41.8 per 100,000 jobs.

6. Roofer

The BLS reports that most job openings in this field "arise from the need to replace those who leave the occupation because the work is hot, strenuous, and dirty, causing many people to switch to jobs in other construction trades." With a median hourly wage of $15.51, being a high-flying roofer is still near the bottom of the barrel.

5. Emergency Medical Technician

People's lives often depend on EMTs and other first responders, so they're on-call 24 hours a day, which tends to result in quite irregular hours. Although wages vary by region, median annual pay is $27,070, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4. Seaman

A broad category, it includes boat workers and fishermen, who tend to spend long periods of time at sea in cramped circumstances and poor weather conditions. Fishermen also have the deadliest job in the country, with a 141.7 fatality rate per 100,000. Not the kind of odds most people would take for a median salary of $34,000 per year.

3. Taxi Driver

Although many taxi drivers and chauffeurs have extremely flexible schedules and generally work unsupervised, the job still ranks near the bottom. The BLS estimates there are approximately 229,000 jobs of this nature in the country. Although wages vary greatly based on location, type of company and amount of tips, the median hourly wage is $10.62.

2. Dairy Farmer

Raising cattle for milk production entails strenuous labor, long hours and poor working conditions, Various government estimates put net income at just over $15,000 a year. Wages do not include government subsidies and can vary with fluctuations in commodity prices and market demand.

1. Lumberjack

That's right, being a Lumberjack is the worst job in America, based upon the study by These workers spend all their time outdoors, in poor weather, and often in isolated areas. It's also the third most deadly occupation with a fatality rate of 82.1 per 100,000 jobs per year. Long hours, a high -stress environment, strenuous work and low pay - often starting at minimum wage, with a median hourly wage at $13.80 - all contribute to make this the #1 worst job in the country.


  1. Surprising! Jobs that appeared so to me are not even in the list. What I don't understand is the scale on which they qualify the jobs as worst.

  2. They are based on how difficult and life threatening it can be.Thank you for visiting though.Even I had a total different concept of worst jobs....Thanks to all these national geo and discovery channels and An episode on Oprah.


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