Living To Stay Alive
Did you know that the most dangerous job in America is President? That may be surprising, given that it’s one of the most prestigious and powerful positions in the entire world. But since 8 out of 43 Presidents have died while in office, the title comes with a staggering 18.6% mortality rate. Based on that statistic, you are pretty your life at great risk by becoming the leader of the free world. A small price to pay of course when you are trying to make the country a better place.
Let’s take a look at the most dangerous jobs in the United States.
Construction Work Is Not Easy Work
If you’ve ever seen a high rise building being built, you can guess that the biggest risk to construction workers is falling. More than 250 construction workers are killed in falls each year, according to Scott Schneider, the director of organizational safety and health for the Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America.
Other hazards include electrocution, cave-ins (during excavations), stairway and ladder falls, scaffolding accidents and heavy construction equipment accidents. If you are going to take this job and any other job on this list, be sure you have life insurance to be safe.
Don’t Take Farming Lightly
In 2015, farming and ranching had a fatality rate of 19.2 deaths per 100,000 workers, making agriculture one of the most dangerous industries in the country. Respiratory and chemical hazards, heat stroke, falls, and heavy equipment accidents all contribute to the danger of working as a farmer.
The leading cause of deaths among farmers in 2015 were transportation incidents, including tractor overturns which tallied up to the most deaths amongst farmers and farm workers. You may have thought this career choice was safe but really, you are at risk whenever you get around those animals.
Honk If See This
Not only is trucking a difficult job — long hours away from home, low pay, and an unhealthy lifestyle — it’s also one of the most deadly careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers accounted for more than 60% of all fatal work injuries in transportation and material moving occupations in 2013. From accidents to the specific perils of ice truck driving or hauling dangerous chemicals, truckers face hazards at every turn. To the families of those who have someone working in this field, we salute you and hope everyone stays safe.
Hang On Tight When Dealing With Power
Electrocutions and falls are the leading cause of death to power linesmen. The job comes with a .023% mortality rate. Imagine how nervous one must be on their first day and they have to start climbing right away. That would be the last moment to show your nerves.
PG & E & the IBEW host an annual Lineman’s Rodeo. The event allows linemen to show off the skills they use to provide safe and reliable service, in events such as a pole speed climb and a “hurt-man rescue” using a 175-pound mannequin.
Garbage Trucks Can Waste You Too.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,693 fatal occupational injuries in 2011. Two-thirds of these deaths were vehicle-related, and most occurred when the worker slipped or fell from a garbage collection truck and was struck or run over by their own vehicle.
All that means is you had better be careful when riding on a garbage truck. One false step and you could be toast! This would be a terrible death to have to break to families how their father and or husband fell off a garbage truck and didn’t make it.
Roofing Ain’t Easy
Roofers face an inescapable hazard of the job — height — that contributes enormously to the chances of suffering critical injuries in accidents. There are approximately 40.5 deaths out of 100,000 roofers each year.
According to the Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, other risks in the industry include burns, electrocutions, chemical exposures and hoisting accidents. And it isn’t like roofers have secret Spiderman powers, so scaling roofs is not on anyone’s list of natural born talents. Safety must be a priority in this field or your life is automatically at risk.
Let’s Clear The Air
Commercial pilots for the major airlines have low job fatality rates. But there’s much more risk involved for those who work as bush, charter or air taxi pilots. Human error is the biggest obstacle to flight safety. You would think that planes crash all the time but that is not the case for large airlines. Bush pilots are the ones that face the dangers of flying while on their air treks. Not to say that the regular airlines don’t experience trouble.
Enjoy (from the safety of solid ground) this montage of the scariest airplane landings you’ve ever seen.
Fishing Gone Wrong
About half of fishing industry deaths are due to capsized boats or sinking from hull damage, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The Discovery TV show The Deadliest Catch was a hit for a reason: Alaskan fishing, in particular, is dangerous. Freezing weather, enormous waves and iced-over decks contribute to an unforgiving work environment. Sure, the pay can become nice but is your life worth a healthier paycheck? This is more a profession that you get into because you have a real passion for it. Don’t do this just to chase a check.
Hack Away But Be Safe
With an on-the-job death rate of .13%, logging is treacherous work. Although logging is safer than it has ever been (thanks to advances in logging technology), the first year on the job is the most dangerous one. Inexperience combined with bad weather and heavy loads can be catastrophic.
This isn’t like what you see on TV where you see a strong man with a flannel on outside just hacking away at some tree (people still do that). There are more safety tactics to it than just a button up shirt. This job is a true risk that we hope everyone stays safe participating in.
The Nation Or Your Life?
Former President Barack Obama received approximately 30 death threats a day. That’s a staggering number and one that keeps the Secret Service busy. Only four Presidents have been assassinated while in office (Abraham Lincoln, James Abram Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy.
The other four Presidents who died in office were William Henry Harrison (of pneumonia, jaundice, and overwhelming septicemia — only 31 days into his term); Zachary Taylor (cause unknown but bilious diarrhea is suspected); Warren G. Harding (heart attack); and Franklin D. Roosevelt (stroke). You already have to worry about the nation but throw in being concerned about your own life as well.
A Miner Life
What is a miner’s life like? Tunneling deep into the crust of the earth where who knows what type of creatures you can find. That is just one aspect but it already sounds dangerous. not many jobs out there that can cause havoc to your health like mining.
Outside of the long term danger of black lungs, you also have to gamble with the chances of cave ins. If you get caved in while mining, that might be the last time you’re mining. Good luck to those in this field and remember to tell your family you love them every day.
Quick Transportation, Bad Fate
With the average salary of $26k, taxi drivers and chauffeurs have it rough. Not only do they have to be aware and safe for their lives but they must also be concerned about the lives of their passengers, making that much more taxing on the drivers.
You must also include navigating through bad weather, driving through high-crime areas and the potential of a violent passenger. The latest fatality rate was at 18 per 1000,000 workers. Many factors play a role in this job so don’t just write it off as safe before knowing the facts.
That Landmine Is Not Mine
As if we had to spell it out any further for this job. Landmines are something you don’t want to mess with so having to remove one has to be quite chilling and terrifying for an individual who participates in it. This is usually a job for the military but there are war torn regions that have left over mines so someone has to carry the strength.
We can’t imagine anyone wanting to do this voluntarily unless they really felt compelled to help or they have a taste for danger. Either way, it isn’t safe.
Craft Your Life Away
Metal crafters have more than just what you would expect to be harmful to them to worry about (metal and heat). Yeah, they might look awesome and safe with those huge helmets on but they don’t keep them one hundred percent safe. Another thing they have to worry about is inhaling hazardous chemicals.
Different chemicals can produce different effects but the common denominator is that they produce harmful effects to a person if inhaled. So not only do these workers need those helmets, it appears they need special breathing devices to ensure their safety.
Don’t Stunt To Hard!
The man you see pictured above goes by Jackie Chan. He is known for his martial arts skills he showcases in his films. He is also known for doing his own stunts in these films. He also well aware that being a stuntman is one of the most deadly jobs a person can have.
Just recently, a stuntman for The Walking Dead died on set. “We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John’s family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time,” AMC said. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
Lion Tamers And Alligator Wrestlers
This one is rather obvious. Just look at all those kings of the jungle standing up with one guy in there risking his well-being. Any moment one of them can realize they don’t need to be tamed and let loose on his human leg and share the rest of his body with his friends. Or they can do first come first serve.
Even wrestling alligators is like signing away your life almost. Some of these people put their whole heads in the animal’s mouth. If an alligator or lion is feeling froggy they will leap!
Searching To Rescue
Although the job may be a noble one, to say the least, it is still quite rigorous. A search and rescue worker can also put his or her life at risk when attempting to save another person’s life. As you see in the picture above, one man is safely securing and making sure the rescuee is delivered safely to whatever means of transportation is waiting for them. One false step and that person helping will fall to his doom because it appears all the ropes are connected to the rescuee. This is just one example but this same scene can be over raging waters and high waves above the ocean.
Be Cautious Of Who You Hang With
We all know important people need some extra help when traveling around. They can’t just explore by themselves because that leaves them vulnerable to any type of outside shenanigans that could be potentially deadly. People asking for pictures in the bathroom isn’t that bad but could be regulated with a bodyguard.
We’re talking about keeping someone who gets 30 death threats a day safe and alive. There is no telling when they would have to take a bullet for whom they are protecting. Bodyguards need be fully aware at all times or anything can happen.
Are You Safe In Space?
How did being an astronaut make this awful list? Isn’t this the job that most youths aspire to be when they grow up? The simple answer to that is yes. But those same youth don’t know the facts and what it takes to become an astronaut. Their minds might change if they knew.
A total of 430 astronauts has traveled to space. Of those 430, 34 of them have passed away which makes for a 7.5% mortality rate. A pretty steep rate for such a sought after job but someone has to go up and find the aliens.