Coast Guard Search and Rescue
Coast Guards hold one of the noblest and most virtuous of jobs around as it involves saving people’s lives. However, it can also be a very dangerous place to work especially in instances where the saviors themselves need rescuing. Coast Guards are exposed to many harsh environments and dangerous situations such as natural disasters, sea rescues, night rescues, etc.
Construction workers are constantly exposed to hazardous materials, explosives, power tools and heavy machinery. Moreover, construction workers are also exposed to all sorts of hazardous environments such as underground tunnels, busy highways, building sites, and great heights. The fatality rate in the US is estimated at 18.3 per 100,000 workers.
It should go without saying that handling wild animals is a dangerous job. Most of the danger involves cleaning the animal’s living quarters, feeding the animals and tending to their health needs. You have to always be on your guard on this profession since one wrong step could be the difference between life and death.
These workers are not only heavily exploited, but the rate of worker injury is three time that of other manufacturing and processing jobs. These injuries range from repetitive motion injuries to serious injuries that require amputation; a result of the demand for speed at the assembly line, where workers are required to slaughter up to 50 cattle per hour.
Oil and Gas Crew
Oil and gas crew’s deaths and injury were listed as 27.1 per 100,000 workers during 2003-2010. Besides the dangers of contusions from slips and falls, they are also confined to small areas where they are required to pull flammable fluids out of the grounds and separate extremely poisonous substances. They also have to climb hundreds of feet into the air to work with heavy machinery.
Security guards help keep homes and business establishments safe from robbers and trespassers. However, there is also a great chance that they will have to face the intruders on their own putting their lives at a considerable risk.
Cement and Concrete Manufacturers
Workers who frequently work with cement and concrete have a high risk of suffering from cement burns and other respiratory illnesses. Dry cement is a safe substance when it is still in its calcium oxide form. However, once it is mixed with water, it becomes calcium hydroxide, which is a heavily alkaline substance. Besides the danger of chemical burns, they can also inhale the dust that comes from the cement, which can cause respiratory illnesses.
While this is a very noble job, it is also considered to be one of the most dangerous ones. Though firefighters are trained to be able to handle fire situations, there is no guarantee that they will not suffer injury when they engage burning buildings. Besides the fire, other occupational hazards can come from smoke inhalation, falling debris, and separation from team members.
Grain handling may not sound like a dangerous job however with a fatality rate of 12 per 100,000 workers it’s anything but safe. It only takes five seconds for a worker to become engulfed in flowing grain and unable to get out; 60 seconds for the worker to be completely submerged thus resulting in death by suffocation.
Another sea-faring occupation that is included in the top most dangerous jobs; merchant mariner has 23 deaths and 5 injuries per 100,000 workers. Just like commercial fishermen, these seafaring workers are at sea for months on ends before they are able to see land or a port again. Most of what they do involves working within the ship’s broilers and other equipment. Because of the strenuous environment, they also have to battle with depression and other psychological issues.
High-rise Window Cleaners
High-rise window cleaners have to work in very dangerous conditions due to possible wind gusts at such high altitudes. If workers are not careful, strong wind drafts are enough to jeopardize their lives. A fall from such altitudes is a guaranteed death.
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs have a fatal injury rate of 24.2 out of 100,000. The extreme dangers involved in these jobs are due to the sheer number of hours logged by taxi drivers and chauffeurs. Oftentimes, they have to work more than 12 hours a day and most of their work hours are conducted at night, increasing the odds of being involved in some sort of accident. They can also experience stress and fatigue due to heavy traffic and other road conditions.
Structural and Steel Workers
There is a high fatality rate among professional structural and steel workers due to falling debris; and the equipment and materials used. In 2008, fatalities in this profession were pegged at 47 per 100,000 steel workers making it the fourth most dangerous jobs at that time.
The good news is that, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, mining incidents have been on a declining trend. Nevertheless, mining is still and extremely dangerous job with 35 fatalities recorded in 2012 (an improvement from 73 fatalities recorded in 2006). Workers are still exposed to harsh working conditions and are still susceptible to cave-ins and respiratory diseases.