What are some of the most dangerous jobs in America? It really depends on which survey that you read. One taken a few years ago listed policemen and firemen in the top 20 and the most dangerous occupation at that time was a convenience store clerk. This was because a store clerk that works the overnight shift is pretty much helpless against someone who wants to stick a gun in his face and rob him.
I’ve been there and done that. When I was an eighteen-year-old clerk, I was robbed three times in a little under a year. That was basically why I quit the job. One time the Radio Shack right next door to us was robbed and the clerk was taken out into the woods and shot in the head.
We speculated what we would do in such an instance. We agreed that we would not resist if the robber just wanted the money, but if he asked us to leave with him we would try to make a break for it. After all if they take you out into the woods, you’re going to die anyway.
According to CNN, jobs in the United States have gotten safer: “The American workplace is safer than ever despite some recent job-related disasters, such as the West Virginia coal mining explosion and the Gulf oil-rig catastrophe. Only 4,340 people died on the job last year, down 16.8% from 2008, “This is from the Bureau of Labor statistics.
Some jobs make the list no matter which one you read. Deep sea fisherman seems to always be on there. On the CNN poll they ranked number two right behind oil platform workers as the most hazardous. The convenience store clerk didn’t even make the list of the top ten. This may be because most of the stores have time delay safes and the criminals know that it will take ten minutes to get in the safe. Most of them don’t want to wait around that long for the loot.
Other jobs that made the top ten include oil workers, construction workers, mine workers, steel workers, farmers, and surprisingly, sanitation workers. Most of the jobs listed involved the use of heavy equipment or working under hazardous conditions. The sanitation workers face danger from traffic and working outside in extreme cold and heat. Each year a large number of them suffer from heat stroke, which can be fatal.
Rounding out the list are loggers, airline pilots, and truck drivers. One time here in St. Louis, a gasoline tanker truck went off an overpass and exploded. The driver was able to jump out but died when the flames literally cooked him as he was crawling along the highway. The strange twist was that three other people who were driving in a pickup truck died when the flaming tanker truck fell on them and crushed them. They were all gasoline tanker truck drivers.