Top 10 Dangerous Jobs

The world's most life-threatening jobs are those with the highest risk of fatality.

Flight Engineers and Professional Aircraft Pilots: They are at a risk of crash or begin hijacked or maybe developing a chronic disease, flight engineers and pilots have a heck of a dangerous job. The flight engineers are supposed to work at run-time, that is, work around gigantic plane parts when they are working! One could lose a limb or two in this most dangerous job.

Police Officers and Law Enforcement: No one anywhere in the world can deny the fact that police officers and law enforcement officers are in the most grievous of them all. Fighting crime is not an easy task, especially when criminals use ingenious methods to fight back. And most of the deaths of police officers are not just by a flying bullet, but motor accident related deaths in high-speed chases.

Refuse and Recyclable Materials Collectors: You maybe wondering what does a refuse and recyclable material collector have to worry about? Well, these men and women put their hands in stuff that will make you faint. They need to separate out the garbage material from hazardous materials. These garbage collectors in developing countries have to separate the wet and dry garbage with just their bare hands. Think about it, separating diapers, sanitary napkins, kitchen waste, industrial waste, paper, card boxes and anything and everything that is termed garbage. They are prone to many infectious diseases and injuries while handling hazardous materials. Hats off to these people who dare to do a job that helps keep our cities clean.

Truck Divers/ Motor Drivers: Driving may seem like a pleasure while you are in your Ferrari or maybe a fight to reach your destination on time during peak traffic hour. But for these long distance truck drivers it's a matter of life and death. Irregular working hours, poor lighting, fatigue, bad roads (some countries still have potholes in place of roads), poor visibility, harsh weather all add to the risk of driving a heavy vehicle. These drivers spend hours on the road and are always at a risk of getting into an accident. They also have to face vehicle problems like flat tires, engine repair and many other work related hazards.

Electricians: Electricity is one of the most dangerous stuff to work with and an electrician is always at a risk of getting a shock. Electricians have their lives hanging between the high poles and one live wire that could spell into one electrifying jolt.

Iron Workers and Structural Workers: When we see a beautifully structured, high-rise building, we always tend to praise the architect for envisioning such an elaborate design. But have we ever given a thought to those men who risk their lives to turn the architect's vision into reality? These iron workers and structural steel workers are always at a high risk of death at work. The people in welding jobs and getting heavy equipment and steel bars on the top are always at risk of getting a shock or equipment falling off a building. These brave men fight all odds just to help us spend our lives in our dream homes.

Farmers: The heavy machinery used by farmers and ranchers may crush people or run away tractors or backhoes may run over farmers. Or being kicked by a cow who gets tickled when you milk her udder or getting hit by an angry bull's horn. That's all in day's work for a farmer.

Roofers: One false move and roofers can plunge several feet down to their death. Also, other dangers like high winds, getting picked by a panicky crow or maybe the roof crashing down are a part and parcel of their job! That's one heck of a smashing and dangerous job.

Miners: No matter how precious is the stuff you are mining deep within the earth's belly, it is not more precious than your life and limb. Mine workers are always at a risk of getting trapped underground, running out of oxygen, inhaling toxic gases, humid and unsafe working conditions, etc, which makes mining an extremely dangerous job. Miners truly get down and dirty only for our cars to run on gas and that beautiful diamond on the maiden's finger.

Timber Cutters: Timber cutter or a logger may seem like a simple job to do. Go to the forest in the morning with a sharp ax and just chop of the trees. Spend a beautiful day in the lap of nature with occasional naps under the shade of a cool tree that has not yet been chopped. A timber cutter has to face the deadliest and the sharpest saws available. One wrong move and instead of lumber it's a limb that's cut. Also the risk of death from falling trees is certainly high.

Apart from these jobs there are certain other jobs that require a mention. The job of a war crime reporter or those who report the natural calamities around the world put their lives at stake. The job of a microbiologist working with the most dangerous viruses and bacteria are at a risk of infection. Volunteers like doctors, nurses, medical workers who choose to offer their services in areas of highly unstable environment that are war waged or hit by an endemic are also at risk. Those working with unstable compounds and nuclear radiation are at risk of getting radiation burns and developing cancers. Even the factory workers who work in hazardous conditions are also worth mentioning in this list.

These are some of the world's most thrilling jobs that are really dangerous. I am sure you might have started to appreciate your job, since you know how many have to risk their lives to get their monthly pay check. I salute all these unsung heroes who put their lives at stake everyday. In the end, let us all thank these everyday heroes who help us live our lives better and comfortably.
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