Does the Pay Justify the Risk?
So, who are these unsung heroes of society who put their lives on the lines every day? A UK group called Accident Claims Advice crunched the numbers and produced a list of dangerous professions, some of which may come as a surprise. They also examined the salaries of these dangerous jobs to explore whether they reward workers for the risks that they are subject to at work.
Being a lumberjack statistically is the most dangerous job, with 132.7 fatalities per 100,000, but their pay is relatively low in comparison.
Risks include falling overboard and drowning and storms.
Commercial pilots generally are well-compensated, but those flying smaller planes often are paid less and face greater risks.
Falls, a hazard faced by roofers every day, are a leading cause of fatal injuries.
Interacting with moving equipment and traffic are two causes of fatal injuries for refuse collectors.
Iron and Steel Workers
Working at height and falling objects are hazards faced by iron and steel workers.
Drivers and Truckers
Transportation accidents are the No. 1 occupational hazard in the United States.
Working at height with electricity. Need we say more?
Oil and Gas Extraction Workers
Operating heavy equipment, working around moving equipment and working remotely create potential hazards for these workers.
Danger to Pay Scale
Do these dangerous jobs reward workers for the risks that they are subject to at work?