Top 10 Most Dangerous Vocations


The concept of work is something upon which modern society relies, and in turn functions completely. The very idea of a well-organised society is one in which each and every member pulls their weight through maintaining their own particular role. Whether supplying a service, providing assistance or fulfilling some form of duty, vocations have gained a lot more in the way of personal definition and indeed accessibility over the course of the past century or two. Whereas in times past, the role performed by working men would nine times out of ten be determined by the profession of their father, nowadays there is usually a lot more choice involved. This is partially due to the extent which the world has changed in the last 200 years, but also somewhat owing to the integration of most if not all prevalent human societies, an occurrence which in turn has opened up a considerably sized market for jobs and professions. This list is intended to take a look at some of the more dangerous occupations available in the current market.

 

10. Roofer

The job of a roofer is simple: to construct and/or maintain roofs. Also known as ‘tilers’ and ‘journeymen’, these professionals belong to one of the most archaic industries, yet one of the more contemporary trades. Classed alongside the likes of joiners, builders and welders- the roofing vocation belongs to the construction industry and is known within as one of the more perilous of the available vocations. While construction in itself is an area of employment which yields some of the highest rates of accidents and injuries, roofing is certainly accountable for the vast majority of such instances. Working atop semi-finished/dilapidated structures frequently, roofers are often held completely at the whim of the elements- with both wind and rain to contend with. Though it may seem like a trade for the lowly-skilled to many, it is certainly one of undeniable grit.

 

9. Trucker

The silent heroes of most, if not all current industry- truckers are the dudes responsible with hauling all kinds of cargo from A points to B points all over this marble-like globe of ours. To put the danger faced regularly by truckers into perspective one merely needs to consider the amount of lives claimed annually on our worlds roads and highways as it stands. Now add to that statistical likelihood of perilous road-accident around 18-hours per day of solid driving and a multiple tonne truck and trailer. Truckers are so bad-ass that there are even TV shows about them being so bad-ass.

 

8. Mining

Believe it or not, mining is an industry which still employs a pretty large amount of people in this crazy world of ours. Granted, there may be far fewer miners in the west than there was a century ago; however we’ve still got to extract our (unrecyclable) god given minerals somewhere, right? It surely doesn’t take the mind of genius to work out the many aspects of this profession that make it in some way dangerous. Digging extensive underground tunnels and extracting the content of the planets insides is always going to be an exercise likely to lead to problems. A recent example of miners encountering such trouble is of course the plight of the Chilean miners back in 2010.

 

7. Coast Guard

Whereas the previous items on this list could be accused of lacking a certain charisma or glamour, you’d have to be a fool to deny the Coast Guard the points they well and truly deserve. A fairly new vocation; at least in its modern form, given that we’ve always had coasts to guard, the Coast Guard are the unsung heroes of the emergency services. Though undeniably lesser utilised than their peers in the fire service or police, the Coast Guard still carry out some pretty sweet work now and then. In many ways, their expert training, tip-top fitness and required elementary conditioning makes them the closest service to the military. Oh, and they get to ride about in helicopters, regularly.

 

6. Pilot

Aeromechanics has only existed for about a century, making it a professional industry very much still in its infancy, comparatively speaking. Many people credit the First World War as the era which gave human flight its first breaths, and many would be 100% right about that. I mean, what better way to hone a recent ground-breaking invention than to involve it in a relentless global conflict? I digress, the young age of aeromechanics (though let’s not deny just how far it’s come during the past century) makes it prone to frequent accidents, as does the sheer amount of craft constantly circling the globe. We’re talking sheer statistical inevitability here people.

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