The Top 5 Deadliest Jobs: Manly or Just Insane?August 14, 2012 - 4:36 am |
Maybe sitting behind a desk or working in “customer service” just isn’t your thing. You need a little more excitement in your line of work. Take a look at the top 5 most dangerous jobs in the world and pick your new career!
Oh, sure, it sounds boring. What could be safer than sitting in your little boat out on the lake, casting your line into the placid, cool water, not even caring if you catch something? Boy, that's a hobby, that ain't fishin'. We're talking about the fishermen who go out on big skippers and catch fish in bulk – where falling into the water can mean dying of hypothermia. If there's a storm a-brewin', it might mean you'll just flat out never be seen again. In the US, the death rate of professional fishermen is 116 per 100,000. It doesn't sound like much, but it's enough to classify it as the most dangerous job in the country.
Not only does being down in a mine have to be enough fuel for a lifetime of claustrophobic nightmares, it's dangerous as hell. It seems like every few months you always hear about coal miners getting trapped somewhere, and getting trapped isn't the only thing that can kill you. Explosions are a distinct possibility for coal miners, since methane gas can escape into the tunnels. If you need to be able to take a regular smoke break, this probably isn't the job for you.
Predictable enough. Roofers work on roofs, roofs are high up. Roofers fall, roofers go splat. It would have to be a particularly crappy way to die, considering that you'd have some time to think on the way down. And you'd probably be thinking, “Why did I only get paid $37K per year for this,” which is the average wage for a roofer.
The next time the UPS guy swings by to deliver whatever junk you bought on ebay, remember that he's putting his life on the line to make sure that collector's edition Beanie Baby made it into your hands safely. 683 delivery men died in 2010, mostly as a result of traffic accidents, because more time behind the wheel means more opportunities to get into a crash.
Industrial Machine Repairman
They say that if you're an industrial machine repairman and you make it to age 35 with all ten of your fingers, you're one of the lucky ones. It's not just getting smooshed by crazy factory machines that can kill you either, there are all kinds of chemicals and lubricants that these machines need to function properly, which unfortunately can cause humans to function... improperly.