The Danger Zone: The Eight Deadliest Jobs on Earth

Throughout the world, men and women put themselves at danger on some of the deadliest work sites in order to bring home a steady income for their families. The following is a compilation of the eight deadliest job sites across the globe. The ranking is based on deaths per hundred thousand employed, with number eight being the least dangerous on the list and number one being the most.

  1. Construction workers

Across the world, men and women work on construction sites. Some are on poles and beams hundreds of feet in the air, while others are on the ground. In either case, the danger is there. Every year, hundreds of men and women die on construction sites from either accidents or a lack of caution. From power tools to falling beams to extreme heights and too many hours, working in construction is an inherently dangerous job that, unfortunately, does not pay as well as it probably should.

2. Drivers

Certainly, driving commercially is dangerous — working long hours on the highway is by no means a safe working environment. But there are other types of insurance for those in the world that are at an even higher risk of danger. For example, rickshaw drivers and taxi cab drivers are at risk not only to bodily harm but also to on-foot robberies. They danger and death rate, though surprising, is higher than one might think.

3. Animal Tamers
In Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa, animal tamers and alligator wrestlers are two popular careers. The nature of the job is incredibly dangerous, as lions, alligators, and the other wild animals these people work with are just that — wild animals. This occupation can be dangerous when the animal does not listen, and when the animals attack.

4. Lineman workers

These individuals rely on the quality of their emergency cable system in order to stay alive. Their job is to repair power lines, internet routers, and cable hundreds of feet above the ground — from a helicopter. These repairmen are suspended in the air, by a helicopter, and are working with electricity. From the deaths caused by electrocution to the deaths that result of a faulty fall arrest cable system, lineman workers have one of the deadliest jobs on earth

5. Land Mine Remover

Although it sounds similar to a miner, a land mine remover actually removes the world’s deadliest mines from the ground. In many countries, the military is responsible for the removal of these mines, but in certain cases, when machines are unable to remove them for whatever reason, men and women are employed to do so — and one wrong move could lead to an instant tragedy.

6. Miners

Not only does mining cause direct damage to your lungs and other body parts, if a mine caves in — as they are known to do over time — it could lead to an immediate death. Mining is an industry prevalent all over the world, yet it leads to hundreds of deaths — especially in the long term.

7. Deep Sea Fishers
They might catch the biggest revenue in the sea, but they also put their lives at risk every day they are on the job. Deep sea fishers, particularly those working on crab boats in Alaska, work in detrimental weather conditions and on a deck that is more often than not too slippery for safe, efficient movement. From the thirty foot storm swells to decks freezing over and a bad string of crabs to a ship malfunction, working as a deep sea fisher is a dangerous job literally, as men and women die every year, and metaphorically, as these men and women could potentially go out for a season and come back with fewer dollars than they had to begin with due to repairs or a bad catch.

8. Loggers

Out of any occupation you can have, being a logger is considered the most dangerous. One hundred per every hundred thousand employed die each year on the job. Between the weight of the trees the employees chop down to weather impediments and rushed working conditions, logging, as an industry, leads to more deaths than any other. To make matters worse, the average salary of a logger can be as little as $15 per hour.

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