Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2019

The 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in the World

The 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in the World


Aching joints: the bane of our existence. We’ve all had them, and we all curse as we apply muscle rub and attempt to ignore the annoying smarting that accompanies the medicine as we lather it across our skin.

For most Americans, this is the height of injury at work. But for those around the world, certain professions contain greater risks.

Can you guess which are the most dangerous jobs in the world? The year 2019 has brought a few new professions to the list, and many might shock you.

The Most Dangerous Jobs in the World

From the expected careers that have held the label of “dangerous” for years to new concerns associated with recent news, these jobs offer much more danger than the dreaded aches and pains most of us face.

1. Fishermen

Every year, over 20 large vessels sink to the ocean floor, never to be seen again. It’s one of the many reasons that being a commercial or deep-sea fisherman is one of the most dangerous professions in the world.

On top of questionable weather, fishermen face injuries associated with snags, machinery and gear. It’s the reason Deadliest Catch became such a hit.

2. Loggers

The ocean isn’t the only location that creates dangers. Loggers face daily hazards, too.

In fact, logging created the highest number of deaths per workers in the US in 2015.

Many of the dangers are associated with the working environment. The weather, steep inclines, the momentum of heavy trunks and machinery all pose great threats to workers.

3. Aircraft Pilots

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Malaysia Airlines MH370. Recent years have seen an increase in plane crashes, leading a new profession making the list of deadliest professions.

Aircraft pilots of charter or private planes offer much higher risks than commercial planes. In February, for instance, a pilot was killed after his plane crashed due to medical reasons that made him unable to control it.

Some studies indicate private plane crashes are nearly as deadly as car crashes.

4. Roofers

Slipping on the ground is painful, but falling from a roof can be deadly.

Roofers are also in the top-five of America’s most dangerous professions. Unfortunately, numerous on-site hazards lead to a high injury and death rate for this career, leading many to seek advice from a slip and fall lawyer.

5. Refuse Collectors

Refuse collectors handle more than most people realize. Pests, toxic substances and more abound in the trash individuals toss to the curb.

Even more importantly, however, these individuals often hang off the back of garbage trucks, making them susceptible to injuries and death in the event of a collision. Slips and falls are the most common injury for these workers.

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Some of the most dangerous jobs in the world are also the ones with the least stable pay. Refuse collectors, for example, only make about $16 an hour in New York and benefits are dwindling.

Want to move your career forward? It’s never too late to experience progress. Find out how in our article.

Just keep in mind some of the jobs out there may be more dangerous than they appear.

Author: Laura Brown

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