Workplace hazards are an everyday risk – no doubt your employer insists that any accidents are logged, there’s a copy of the The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in the staffroom and there are plasters available in the first aid box under the kitchen sink.
But for some brave folks a plaster and an accident book aren’t going to cut it; a will and a life insurance policy might be more appropriate! Some jobs are just plain dangerous, and unfortunately someone’s got to do them. I’m just glad it’s not me. Here’s a rundown of some of the most dangerous jobs in the world that I won’t be applying for any time soon:
Driving jobs of all kinds are notorious danger zones. Some of the most common work based fatalities are the unhappy lot of truck drivers and refuse collectors. Driving big vehicles which cause a lot of damage when the driver loses control is perhaps unsurprisingly a recipe for disaster. It’s important drivers take regular breaks and keep the vehicle cool (read more tips here).
Another of the world’s most dangerous jobs is that of the friendly cab driver. Here it’s an odds game – when you clock up that many hours behind the wheel the chances of an accident really start to increase, and driving long shifts and late nights doesn’t help either. So next time you hail a cab make sure the driver is looking well rested and alert!
When the power goes out down your entire street it can be pretty inconvenient. You can’t boil the kettle, you’ve missed EastEnders and it turns out you’ve got no idea where the batteries are for the torch you’ve been keeping handy for just this occasion. But imagine being one of the men and women whose job it is to fix a major power outage. Serious electric shocks from repairing big power lines are a genuine risk which puts electrician very high on the list of dangerous jobs.
Pilots and flight engineers
Sure, you get a lot of kudos when you show up at a bar wearing a pilot’s uniform; but flying planes thousands of feet in the air comes with its own risks and responsibilities. Pilots and flight engineers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the world and unlike their passengers they don’t even get a holiday out of it. Well, actually commercial pilots do get a lot of holidays but they’ve earned it considering the danger they put themselves in to open up the skies to the rest of us.
Fishermen and women
You might not have thought it, but the big winner (if you can call it that) for the world’s most dangerous job is the lowly fisherman/woman! Without them you wouldn’t have fish fingers, salmon fillets or tuna bakes – but more fishermen and women die every year than people in any other profession. The real kicker is that fishing is the least well paid occupation on the list, and it’s the one which puts workers at the most at risk.
So next time you go out for fish and chips take a second to think of the people that risked their life to get that delicious dinner on your plate.