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The World's 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

BrainGain magazine brings you ten of the most dangerous jobs in the world along with reasons as to why they belong on this list.
BY Resham Mukherjee |   05-08-2015

We’ve all looked up “top paying jobs”, “most popular jobs”, and typed in similar job searches. There are freelancing positions, regular 9-5 employment, and volunteering. At BrainGain, however, we decided to look for something a little left of centre – 10 of the most dangerous jobs in the world. We bet some of the entries will surprise you!

  1. Commercial fishing:

    A United Nations report claims that this could be the most dangerous job in the world! In the US, it is considered the deadliest vocation. A Bloomberg report of May, 2015 claims that fishing related fatalities have been higher than any other occupation in the US. Some 130 deaths per 100,000 were recorded from 2007 through 2013. Fishermen suffer serious injuries while at sea - such as injury, illness, or hypothermia - medical help isn't quickly accessible.

  2. Lumberjacks or Loggers:

    Most logging is done on mountain slopes, where invaluable forests are found. Such mountains are normally steep and rugged. This makes for a strenuous climb for a logger, especially with heavy equipment slung across the back. A slope incline between 70-80 degrees, coupled with extreme weather conditions, often leads to accidents. Additionally, a falling tree, or a splinter from simultaneous logging activities, can cause fatal injuries. Some 97 deaths per 100,000 were recorded in the period from 2007 to 2013 in the US.

  3. Aircraft Pilot or a Flight engineer:

    Hardly a free from risk job! Naturally, the primary dangers of flying relate to engine failure, which may lead to crashing. Long flying hours in cramped seats may stress out a pilot and, in turn, affect flying. This job comes third in the sequence in the list of most dangerous jobs with 69 deaths per 100,000 workers.

  4. Mining:

    Another tough job that has claimed several lives across the globe. Underground mines face dangers from flooding, mine-fires, blasts, roof collapse, landslides and gas leaks. Opencast mines have similar risks posed by emissions. Workers are often exposed to large amounts of silica dust causing silicosis, a lung disease.

    In Indonesia, several miners mine sulfur lumps from the centre of Ljen Volcano. Over the last 40 years, some 80 miners have died from gas poisoning and severe burns. Pneumoconiosis is one of the most prevalent occupational diseases from mining, in Thailand. Deactivating the world’s land mines is one of the more dangerous responsibilities.

  5. Iron and Steel industry workers:

    Working inside blast furnaces and handling superheated welding equipment, laying iron and steel beams for buildings, bridges, and other structures, iron and steel workers are sometimes fatally injured in falls, and while handling complex tools, despite undertaking safety measures. At least 56 deaths have been reported per 100,000. Besides, those engaged in installing, and maintaining, big industrial machines face large risks.

  6. Military Servicemen:

    Deployment in international conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, India-Pakistan border areas, as well as tackling internal insurgencies and extremism involve considerable risks. Statistics from the Bureau of Labor though do not report military fatalities, records on public platforms reveal a staggering 111 deaths per 100, 000.

  7. Refuse Material Collectors:

    A surprising entry! Often, while dumping the garbage in trucks, they are hit by motorists who try to pass garbage trucks in a rush, etc. Such instances account for at least 69 percent fatalities! According to Bloomberg, these workers die on the job about four times more often than firefighters and security guards! Who knew!

  8. Electricians:

    The job needs them to climb poles and towers. Power lines are typically high above the ground, so there is a high risk of injury from a fall. Additionally, the risk of electrocution from contact with the power lines accounts for up to 33 per 100,000.

  9. Professional Drivers:

    Constant danger from collisions, overturning, and skidding, are more likely, and more frequent, due to the vehicle size, load and vehicle condition. In India, several incidents of veering away from designated lanes, especially on hilly terrains, have been responsible for fatal accidents.

  10. Construction workers:

    Working under concrete and metal beams, loose construction material, complex machinery, are some reasons for fatal accidents at construction sites. The most common cause of death is falling. There are also other factors like explosions, electric shocks, loud noises, smoke, asbestos and incorrect lighting are other factors. With 18 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers, construction worker could be tied for the last place in a list of 10.
(US data is considered as an international example)


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