We all have tendencies to go above and beyond for our work even in the most dangerous professions. After all, in today’s competitive market, it can seem imperative to do so in order to keep a degree of comfort in one’s job security. While it’s clear that we all make sacrifices, some people put their very lives on the line every day just to complete their tasks that are required by their dangerous professions.
While one could consider sitting in front of a computer to be a dangerous job due to stress on the cardiovascular system and increased probability of a sedentary lifestyle, there are certainly more exciting and adrenaline-boosting ways to meet your demise while trying to make a buck. Here are five of the most dangerous professions around today.
Almost everyone in life has heard a story about someone who fell off a roof during repairs, and there’s a reason for that. Roofers are killed or seriously injured every year by the thousands due to the simple precariousness of the positions they are in all day. The job demands not only a great deal of strength and stamina, but a great degree of focus as well, as one false move could lead to certain injury.
More than this, perhaps, is the often overlooked risk of heat exhaustion and even stroke due to summer temperatures and direct exposure to the blistering sun during the most brutal of heated months.
- Taxi Drivers
The taxi driver life can seem pretty cushy on paper, simply spend your days driving from point A to B, which many people claim to find relaxing in the first place. In fact, many people begin taxi work because they assume they’d be making money doing something they’d like to do anyway.
Many however don’t consider the obvious dangers of acts of violence due to drug and alcohol abuse by prospective clients, or merely coming across an incredibly unhinged individual. After all, you’re making your living by picking up any stranger on the street that happens to flag you down. More than this, taxi drivers often suffer injury simply from a combination of extreme traffic and fatigue.
- Fire and Rescue
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Heroes are defined by a level of personal danger and self-sacrifice, and if you say the word “hero” in a crowded room, doubtless quite a number of people immediately would think of fire and rescue workers. Due to collapses, smoke, and, of course, fire, these workers are in constant danger. Luckily, state of the art respiratory and hearing protection are constantly being developed by companies such as Moldex-Metric to cut down on accidents and casualties in such fields.
- Stunt Men
We may become incredibly enraptured by our favorite actors playing characters that perform death-defying feats, but it is important to remember that there is someone actually crashing that car or jumping off of that high-rise. With conditions such as these in a dangerous profession, there’s plenty of room for injury.
- E-Waste Workers
When you imagine large piles of electronic waste such as broken computer parts needing to be sorted in front of you, many of them oozing chemicals that spill onto the ground mixing with rainwater and anything else, I doubt the first thing that comes to mind is a safe lifestyle. In many parts of the world, this is a daily reality for people in the performance of their dangerous professions.
Alex Rivera is a freelance writer based in Malibu, California. He spent 25 years in the construction industry, working roofing, plumbing, electrical, and more before retiring. In his free time, he likes to work on home repair projects.