posted on Jul, 28 2012 @ 11:04 PM
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by XxRagingxPandaxX
I don't know if the most dangerous job in the world, I'd put Australian abalone fishing as more dangerous then probably underground mining not too far
behind considering how many are killed each year. Then military.
I've seen statistics of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. and by far the worst is commercial fishing, specifically commercial fishing in the frigid
waters in Alaska. I'm sure commercial fishing everywhere is pretty much the same. They have the most deaths and serious injuries of any job out
there, which is also why it pays VERY well. People make a solid six-figures for a single season of work, not even a whole year. They get a lot of
people going up there for a season or two, sometimes college kids who need to pay for school and such, hoping to just get through a season and save up
enough so they can get going on what they really want to do. Of course this means a lot of these guys are very inexperienced, which just increases
the chances of screwing up and getting hurt.
Underground mining, especially coal mining is pretty bad. Part of it is that the companies that run mines are pretty much all evil, at least in the
U.S. they are, and don't put a premium on safety. Coal mining has other dangers, like black lung, which is the kind of thing that doesn't show up
right away but after years it can ruin your health and even kill. As bad as mining companies in the U.S. are now, they used to be far worse but the
unions were able to start getting at least some safety regulations in many years back.
The companies used to basically treat their miners as slaves, paying them in "company script," which was only useful at the company store, and then
they would jack up prices at the company store so high that all of their workers were constantly in debt to the company and could never get out from
under. Entire generations of families stuck in virtual slavery to these big companies, who never even paid their people in real money. Like I said,
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