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10 of the World's Most Dangerous Jobs

The most harm that you will probably come across while working in an office is a headache from staring at a computer all day. Count yourself lucky. This is what you could have to worry about at work: Here are ten of the riskiest ways to earn a living in the world.

1. Fire Fighter

Imagine having to heroically enter a building that is burning down, in order to save the lives of others, whilst putting your own life at risk. Fire fighters save the lives of adults, children and even animals without a thought of saving themselves. Another risk factor that fire fighters face is the exposure to asbestos, which is present in the air of property that burns down. Fire fighters also expose themselves to debris, dust, smoke and chemical that can go on to cause life threatening diseases such as pleural mesothelioma; it can take years for symptoms to show signs, at by which point it is too late.

2. Loggers

Logging workers are required to do their job come rain or shine and have to carry their heavy equipment into isolated forests in extreme weather conditions, from freezing conditions to rainy days. Loggers use a lot of manpower when chopping down, dragging and loading trees onto trucks. They also operate dangerous machinery, such as hand held saws, which can become a hazard when loggers become tiresome. Loggers also have to watch out for strong winds, falling trees and strenuous activities, which may cause harm to them.

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3. Miner

Miners are exposed to dangerous levels of Silica dust, which can cause Potter’s rot or silicosis. These two diseases will cause the Miner’s lungs to inflame and results in rapid breathing, weight loss, fever, chest pains, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. Particles can remain in the lungs and cannot be removed, which can sometimes lead to some miners developing tuberculosis.

4. Fishermen

You would be surprised at how many fatalities there have been at sea. In 2008 there were 129 deaths and 61 injuries for every 100,000 fishermen in the world. Commonly fishermen can be thrown overboard in bad weather conditions from losing balance when handling heavy equipment that is used to catch fishes. Deaths at sea often happen due to vessels losing direction at sea. As we progress so is the technology for developing fishing boats and skills in the industry, but unfortunately fatalities still happen due to competition, lack or training and equipment on board.

5. Police Officer

The average working day of a police officer is one thing: unpredictable. From dealing with criminals to unpleasant jobs the amount of risk that a police officer faces whilst working cannot be stated. A police officer is put most at risk when working on dangerous investigations into serious criminals, traffic violations and arrests, which can lead to physical harm, making enemies, trauma or diseases and death.

6. Roofer

Fancy getting on top of a building with no harness? Roofers earn their living by walking on top of buildings to inspect for damages and to make repairs. One simple step in the wrong direction or losing their balance could lead to serious and fatal injuries. Roofs are hazards in themselves as they can often have loose tiles, be slippery from rain or snow or have a steep slope, which is hard to walk on. One wrong step and it could be their last!

7. Coast Guard

Coast Guards put their life in jeopardy on a daily basis. They work to put the life of others ahead of their own and give assistance to those who are desperate for help. In a virtuous manner they think of themselves last in such situations.

8. Air Pilot

A pilot is responsible for the lives of everybody on his plane, which can place a lot of weight on their shoulders and cause stress. Being in a constant state of stress has adverse effects on the body and can make you more susceptible to long term illnesses. In addition to increased stress levels, pilots are subject to unpredictable working hours and infrequent sleeping patterns, which can lead to fatigue.

9. Painter and Decorator

Painters and decorators spend most of their time up a set of ladders, stretching their body in obscure positions to reach ceilings and walls. Holding such awkward postures is bad for their spine and can lead to long-term back and muscular injuries. Working at various heights can also lead to injuries from falling of ladders and other equipment.

10. Welder

Welders are required to use dangerous equipment on a daily basis to trim various types of metals. Metals are joined together and cut using shears, bending materials, straighteners and flames. Welding also produces hazardous fumes, which are full of fluorides and metallic oxides. As well as being subject to such hazardous substances and flammable liquids, welders are also at great risk of their eyes becoming infected by cataracts and the skin from touching many different materials.

If you are one of these professionals, chances are that you may end up looking for injury compensation as a result of some of the situations you may find yourself in. Perhaps that computer screen seems just that little bit more appealing now! Focus on writing a business plan or preparing for an interview!

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