There are people around the world who work in dangerous jobs and the pay often isn’t commensurate with the level of risk. The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the fatality rate of a job by taking the number of deaths per 100,000 full-time workers. This method ensures that every profession is represented correctly no matter how large or small the industry.
Overall, the greatest number of fatal work injuries resulted from transportation incidents, followed by violence or other injuries by persons or animals, falls, slips, and contact with objects and equipment.
Here are the 10 most dangerous jobs around the world.
1. Snake Milker
Snake milkers spend their days pushing snakes (certain types only) into a plastic container to extract or milk the snake. Snake venom (poison) can be used for many things, but the most important is its use in medical research or to produce “antivenom.”
Even though safety measures are applied, each milking process is highly dangerous. The rate of milkers who haven’t been bitten on the job is surprisingly low.
2. Lumberjacks and Loggers
Logging and forestry management through harvesting trees is the most dangerous job category in the world. In the United States in 2018, fatal accidents involving lumberjacks and loggers exceeded an average of 135 per 100,000 workers. As noted, across all jobs as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average was 3.5 per 100,000.
One danger comes from being suspended from the tree being cut, taking it down in sections, with the worker exposed to the whipping of the tree as the upper section separates and falls. Accidents abound on the ground below, both from felling trees and from trimming them on the ground. Heavy machinery to move the great sticks offer further dangers to the personnel involved.