What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in America?
Sadly, a lot of people out there downright hate their jobs. Maybe they dislike being cooped up in an office all day, or maybe they have to deal with a difficult boss. The list of possible reasons is endless.
If you’re tired of the mundane and want a little adventure in your life, you could consider a new career that spices things up with a little danger. If you're curious about the most dangerous jobs in America, we've got you covered. You may be surprised at some of the jobs that made the list and the reasons they are so dangerous. Take a look!
While life on the farm sounds peaceful and serene to some, the reality is a lot of accidents can happen on a farm. Both animals and the equipment farmers operate can cause bodily harm. Usually, machine-related accidents are the biggest culprits when farmers get hurt.
For the most part, landscaping work doesn’t seem like it would be dangerous, but close proximity to the road, occasional use of chainsaws to trim trees and frequent driving have turned this job into one of the most dangerous in the United States.
Any job that puts you on the road a lot automatically comes with some added danger. There are a lot of vehicle-related accidents every day, some of which cause fatalities. Truck drivers have a higher risk of accidents simply from being on the road more than other jobs.
Garbage collectors encounter a lot of risk while on the job. Most of the time, they are driving or riding exposed on the back of a truck, which comes with a lot of danger. Additionally, they collect hazardous materials and could come into contact with numerous items that could cause injury.
Anytime you spend your days in a high location far above the ground, you are at greater risk of getting injured in an accident. Roofers spend their time on actual roofs, often multiple stories above the ground. Falls and slips are more common than you might think.
All you have to do is look to find all kinds of television shows about fishermen. Most of those shows shine a light on the dangers of the job. They use potentially dangerous equipment like traps and nets, and they spend their days on the water where a lot of accidents can happen.
If you have ever researched anything about dangerous jobs, you have likely heard that loggers have one of the most dangerous jobs. They harvest trees for the wood used in construction and consumer goods , so their biggest risk is being hit with huge falling objects.
You may think that the major danger of being an electrician would involve electrical-related accidents, but that isn't the case. Shockingly — pun completely intended — the biggest risk that electricians face has nothing to do with being electrocuted.
It's not surprising that the job of a firefighter comes with many dangers. They run into buildings that are on fire to help people, and then they have to deal with putting those fires out. Surprisingly, many of these brave men and women are only working on a volunteer basis!
A lot of the time, being a painter involves the use of ladders, and anytime you're using a ladder, there are risks. Painters also apply stain and other coatings that can expose them to potentially harmful chemicals, adding more danger to the job.
Athletes and Related Jobs
Athletes, coaches, umpires and all other athletic-related jobs come with their own dangers as well. The athletes themselves face injuries that occur while playing their chosen sport, but those who travel with them face a danger of their own.
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Transportation-related injuries are one of the biggest risk factors for many of the most dangerous jobs. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs spend their days on the roads, transporting others from point A to point B. There are bound to be dangers in that sort of job.
Construction Equipment Operators
A lot of dangers are faced by those who work in the construction field. Specifically, those who operate construction equipment are at high risk of suffering work-related injuries. Not only do they face danger going to and from the equipment they operate while on a construction project, but they also must be extremely careful while operating the machines.
Police officers take a huge risk when they sign up for the job. They deal with violence from other people, dangerous animal encounters and other injuries. Their job is incredibly high risk. Not surprisingly, workplace fatalities are usually due to violence from other people and animals.
Mechanics spend their days around a lot of potentially dangerous items. Sometimes, they have to get underneath the cars they are working on using jacks that can sometimes accidentally fail. This poses a pretty big risk to the mechanics underneath them.
Mining Machine Operators
Mining, in general, is a dangerous job. Those who operate mining machines have to do so underground in unstable conditions where many accidents have been known to happen. Extra challenges include decreased visibility and air quality issues.
There are a lot of potentially dangerous jobs in the construction industry. Construction workers, in general, are at a high risk of workplace accidents and injuries. A variety of accidents can happen; slips, trips and falls are the most common, and some can have devastating consequences, depending on where they take place.
Physically, being a groundskeeper can take a toll. They work outside in all conditions, often lifting heavy items and operating potentially dangerous equipment. The main cause of fatalities on this job has to do with the type of equipment they use.
Department Store Worker
You probably read this heading and immediately frowned with confusion. Regardless of your disbelief, department store workers face a specific type of threat that is more common than the general public may think. They have a higher risk of encountering violence than most other workers.
Technicians who specialize in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration face similar risks as their car mechanic counterparts. Not only do they normally work in uncomfortable surroundings, but they also have to deal with heavy, dangerous equipment on a daily basis.
Rail Track Workers
Maintenance equipment operators and those who work laying track for railroads face a variety of risks while on the job. They spend their days keeping America’s railroads in good working order by laying track, making sure the signals are up to par and welding sections in need of repair.
Sewer Pipe Cleaners and Septic Tank Servicers
The objects and equipment used by those who have this job can pose a danger to the user. Workers clean septic tanks and sewer lines and are also in charge of repairs. Slips and falls happen in this job, but the main cause of fatalities and injuries is misuse (or malfunctions) of dangerous equipment.
Woodworking Machine Operators
Carpenters and woodworkers operate sharp equipment used to cut and process different types of wood. Some of the machines they use include sanders, drill presses, saws and routers. There have been fatalities in this field, but the loss of limbs (without total loss of lie) is more common for obvious reasons.
Paving and Surfacing Operators
Work on roads, parking lots, sidewalks and driveways is always in demand. (We all know this kind of work never seems to be complete.) These workers spread asphalt, repair roads and ensure the surfaces are completely even. They use a lot of machinery to do this, and all those machines can make this job dangerous.
Sailors and Marine Oilers
Marine oilers and sailors spend most of their workday at sea, where there are always a lot of dangers. Their job consists of navigating marine vessels, maintaining ship equipment and many other tasks related to operating boats and ships.
Flight Engineers and Aircraft Pilots
The air travel industry includes a number of occupations where transportation-related injuries are the main cause of death or injury. After all, a lot can go wrong up in the air, especially if you’re overworked and overscheduled, which seems to happen a lot in this career field.
Structural Steel and Iron Workers
Structural steel and ironworkers can suffer a variety of injuries on the job. They work at great heights, installing and repairing the steel and iron on buildings, bridges and roads. Slips, falls and trips put these workers at a higher risk of death simply because they are usually very high above the ground.
Electrical Power Line Installers
Those who install power lines also have a pretty dangerous job. There were 26 fatal injuries that happened in 2017. A lineman’s work is physically demanding, and the workers deal with high-voltage power lines daily. They are at increased risk both because of the heights they work at and the electrical wires surrounding them.
We talked about the dangers faced by construction workers in general, but their site helpers also face the same types of risk. In fact, construction work of any kind ranks high on the list of most dangerous jobs in the country. The helpers face the same risk of accidents, falls, trips and slips, and those accidents account for most of the fatalities and injuries.
General Maintenance and Repair Workers
Maintenance and repair workers often have to work on multiple projects each day. They fix everything from mechanical equipment to flooring to plumbing to electrical issues. This variety puts them at risk of a lot of different types of injuries that could take place at work.