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The 5 Deadliest Jobs In the World

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

All jobs are not created equal. There is an interesting divide in today's world. The smarter you are, the more you get paid. But in many cases, risking life and limb does not get you more money (at least in a proportionately relevant manner). Behold the most dangerous jobs in the world – if you are considering one of these professions, you may want to take a second thought.

1. Fisherman

Just think of all those TV shoes like the perfect storm and that other one about the crabbers. There are big waves, huge storms, no help for hundreds of miles. If you find yourself over the edge of one of those big shipping boats, in the night, in a big storm, in freezing cold water, chances of you coming back are slim to none. This is represented in the stats of 141.7 deaths per 100,000 workers. I hear you can make quite decent money on these types of charters, but it won't do you much good if you can't spend it...

2. Pilots

Just because they say that travelling by plane is the safest way to go, doesn't mean its the same for everyone in the air. Yes, flying on a major carrier which spends millions of dollars on safety is probably going to end up OK but watch out for those smaller commercial operations. With 87.8 deaths per 100,000 in the air, the numbers speak for themselves.

3. Loggers

Funnily enough, I somehow always knew this one. Logging just doesn't seem safe. Trekking into mountainous regions with chain saws, heavy machinery and massive falling tree trunks, your bound for some slip ups. With 82 deaths per 100,000 workers, there must be a better way to run those operations.

4. Structural Iron and Steel Workers

Joining metal at ridiculous heights, relying on advanced (or not so advanced) machinery while high speed winds blow you about, it's no wonder this is a dangerous job. Coming in at number four, there are 61 deaths per 100,000 workers. Not so surprising really.

5. Refuse Collectors

This one was very surprising however, I would have never guessed. Death is not the first thing that comes to mind when considering the profession of picking up trashcans, tossing their contents into the back of a truck then doing the same thing over for every new property you visit. Despite initial impressions, there are 41 deaths for every 100,000 workers in this industry. I guess spending all your time on the road may lead to accidents with other motorists. Other hazards such as falling into the back of the truck and being crushed by the compactor may also exist.


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