cleaning glass, led me to thinking about window washers who dangle a zillion feet above the ground on platforms strung up to the roof, just to clean windows. That thought
led me to wonder about jobs that put people in potential danger -apart from fire fighters and law enforcement personnel which in my mind should be at the top of the
AreYouAbsolutelyPositiveYouWantToDoThis?! list. My research revealed careers considered even more dangerous than firefighting and trying to keep the citizens of our country law-abiding folks.
Can you guess what profession has the distinction of being the most dangerous?
Taking the second spot:
Number 3, aircraft pilots and flight engineers didn't surprise me. Good money but hello - their "office" is in a heavy metal flying machine that's 30+ thousand feet above terra firma.
Number 4, now this one did surprise me: Refuse and recyclable material collectors. There are a lot of accidents in both these professions. Again, like loggers, the equipment is huge and dangerous. Not a job for a person with short or wandering attention span.
Roofers and structural iron and steel workers ranked 5th and 6th. A lot of accidents on these job sites. Easy to understand why with both professions requiring workers to conduct their business at great heights and often times not parallel to the ground.
7th is construction laborers. There are umpteen opportunities for accidents here. From cleaning and preparing construction sites, digging trenches, building scaffolding AND operating construction equipment, the potential for danger is high.
Farmers, ranchers, agricultural managers are 8th in the list of ten. Old professions with a lot of modern equipment to make the jobs easier, but that equipment hasn’t made the jobs any safer. Long hours, transportation incidents make them risky, then add in the factor that they're dealing with some large livestock that are powerful, surprisingly quick, very protective of their young and just flat out unpredictable.
It's not surprising that Over-The-Road truck drivers made this list. Long hours, quick turnarounds and driving up to 40 tons of equipment on our nations' highways.
The last one on the list, Natural resources and mining, was another surprise to me, but after reading about what someone in this profession does, I get it. The people put in long days in remote locations for long periods of time. The hope is that the location is on or below stable ground. To everyone of you who work in tunnels and cave-like environments, I raise a glass to you!
So high-rise-window-washer didn't make either list. Even so, I could not be paid enough money to clean windows from more than two stories above ground.
Any other occupations with high risk to add to my list?