Most dangerous jobs: Do you have one?

What do logging, fishing, roofing and farming have in common? They’re all among the country’s most dangerous jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Iron and steel workers, professional drivers, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, sanitation workers, and electrical power line workers round out the top 10.

Not a surprising list when you really consider the hazards associated with each job – or if you’ve ever watched an episode of “Ax Men” or “The Deadliest Catch.”

For most of us, fortunately, “potentially life-threatening” rarely describes our day at the office. (Unless you’re counting the drive to and from work. Or the break room-grade coffee you force down each morning.)

What’s the most hazardous job you have ever held? If it’s among the aforementioned most dangerous, how often did you feel unsafe while at work?

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*2008 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

11 comments Add your comment

Anthony Denaro

April 8th, 2010
4:15 pm

Night manager of a convenience store

vincent padilla

April 10th, 2010
7:17 am

being God…..

Bob Clark

April 10th, 2010
11:23 pm

Night Repo Tow truck driver, while in college.

Aircraft Mechanic

April 11th, 2010
7:41 am

Aircraft Mechanic. Ever see a co-workers finger got chopped by a cooling fan, or gored by a water drain mast.

Pilots and engineers as dangerous, please, you insult us. The only reason it’s on there a dangerous job is because the media gives plane crashes so much attention.


April 11th, 2010
4:10 pm

customer service rep.
I listen to whiny adults complain. who ever heard of, “i make a mistake it’s your fault; you make a mistake it’s still your fault.” Take responsibility for your own mistakes. No wonder kids these days are whiners, their parents taught them well.


April 11th, 2010
4:10 pm

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April 11th, 2010
4:18 pm

I once worked in a glass plant where we had to walk almost under furnaces with hot molten glass brewing in them. The factory was so hot that in the winter time we could wear shorts if we could get from the parking lot without freezing. In the summer time the women could wear short shorts and halter tops to keep cool. As an inspector, I had to go into what we called the “hot end” to take samples of bad bottles that were being made. The solution for coating the molds that made the bottles, was made of asbestos material which was the best. By the 90’s (we hoped) that solution was abandoned, but not before some of the workforce was diagnosed with cancer in every part of their bodies. Some of the women wearing shorts, were burned accidently. I wonder sometimes how most of us got out alive, because there was a constant mist of tiny particles of glass floating around that probably got into our lungs also.


April 11th, 2010
4:31 pm

CPA. Paper cuts.


April 29th, 2010
10:37 pm

I vote for store clerk workers. They work at night, they work alone, and they have all kinds of crazies in and out that are drunk and high

Just another day on the job…

Lt Steve

May 4th, 2010
3:09 pm

Bobby Cox’s replacement

Upendra Gehlot

May 21st, 2010
12:35 pm

I Want do All Danger Job