Dangerous Jobs Not Worth The Pay
Choosing the industry that you want to work in is hard, especially when you’re not sure what your duties will eventually be. There are some jobs that carry small risks, such as a fast food employee in danger of developing heel spurs.
But there are other occupations with ridiculous expectations for a paltry sum of money. Here are a few jobs that, despite their popularity, simply aren’t worth the possible risks involved:
1. Maintenance and Repair Workers
The mean annual wage for these workers is about $40,280 per year. It is their duty to look after buildings, equipment, and machinery to ensure they stay in working order. Other work might involve heating and plumbing, electrical and air conditioning systems.
Duties may also involve such things as pipe fitting, welding, carpentry, and installation.
Work in industries that require constant maintenance of plumbing and electrical systems, which often employ the use of heavy machinery, have risk that far outweigh the reward for finishing the job.
Statistically, there have been a total of 87 fatal injuries related to Maintenance and Repair work.
2. Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
Those who operate heavy machinery such as tractors often work in warehouses, construction sites, storage yards, and factories. Whether you’re driving a forklift or a large tractor with a ‘bucket,’ operating that kind of machinery in environments with no road increases the job’s danger level.
Industrial machine operators in Alaska, who earn the highest wage of $52,880, are not compensated adequately, considering the dangerous environments they must work in.
There have been a total of 34 fatal injuries involving industrial truck and tractors in some capacity.
3. Tree Trimmers and Pruners
When you hear those loud buzzing noises on your morning commute to work, it’s usually these guys taking down dead tree limbs down. On occasion, they may also trim branches that have grown dangerously large. Their work serves to ensure the growth of healthy trees. To do such a job requires the use of a hand or power saw to remove the branches.
Although some work on the ground, it is more common to see them at the top of ladders or in machines lifts nicknamed ”cherry pickers.’
A sudden gust of wind or flash of rain might sweep a ladder from under you or blow your cherry picker sideways with you in it.
With a total of 78 tree trimming-related deaths and annual pay of only $38,580, no sensible person would ever consider this profession.
4. Agricultural Equipment Operators
Agricultural equipment operators are known for driving things like combines, balers, and cultivators. They also use dangerous equipment like huskers, threshers, ginning, and shelling machines.
Once these machines get going, the shut-off switch is the only way to stop them. The 17 equipment-related deaths and measly $31,440 just makes one shake their head at the laughable annual income.
5. Light Truck or Delivery Service Drivers
Whether you are an Uber driver or the guy from Pizza Hut making runs to houses, driving carries an inherent risk. It is not the cars that are unpredictable, but the people driving them. For many light truck and delivery service drivers, they are required to be on the road nearly eight hours a day.
The possible exhaustion one may suffer after so long driving each day is not worth the annual $35,610 per year. And the total number of related deaths? It stands at 87.
6. Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
Such work is done is done in rivers, lakes, ponds, and oceans with nets, fishing rods, and traps. The behavior of the intended catch is enough to frustrate one for days, but the unpredictable ocean weather makes this one of the most dangerous jobs on the entire planet. Not only do you have to fight with the weather, but salaries are also often based on the haul that you return to shore.
With an annual wage of $31,190 and 41 related and recorded fatal injuries, no fish is worth dying in the ocean for.
7. Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
These are there warehouse workers behind the scenes that receive deliveries at the back of most stores. Their duties are stocking warehouse shelves, stocking storage yards, picking out merchandise to fill customer orders.
With most warehouses having high-stacked shelves, any attempt to speed up work and meet quota could end with disastrous results.
And with an annual wage of $27,450 and 19 recorded fatal injuries, there’s no way getting crushed flat is worth that amount of money.