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The Most Dangerous Jobs in Australia

Had a hard day at the office?

These folks have really hard days at the office.  And they deserve our thanks and gratitude for it since we benefit from their efforts.

Being a soldier ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

Website Lifeinsurancefinder.com.au has compiled a list of the most dangerous jobs in the country when it comes to taking out a life insurance policy.

Here are some of the jobs you may want to think twice about before heading to an interview.

Commercial fisherman

Workers are miles offshore for weeks at a time, enduring tough physical working conditions and plenty of wild weather.  Safe Work Australia reports agriculture, fishing and forestry is a supremely dangerous industry, with 50 people killed on the job last year and 27 losing their life this year so far.

A fisherman died on the

A fisherman died on the “Starcat” in the Northern Territory.

Mining

Horrific accidents at the Beaconsfield and Pike River mine in New Zealand spring to mind in this dangerous job where workers put in long hours surrounded by heavy machinery and toxic chemicals.  Five people lost their lives in mining jobs in 2012, a figure already matched in this years results, according to Safe Work Australia.

Huge machinery and hard work make mining a dangerous profession.

Huge machinery and hard work make mining a dangerous profession.

Road train drivers

Transport is a notoriously dangerous industry with 74 deaths in the last 12 months.  Road train drivers accounted for 15% of all road fatalities in 2011 with a total of 200 fatal crashes, according to lifeinsurancefinder.com.au.

Transport is the deadliest industry to work in according to Safe Work Australia.

Transport is the deadliest industry to work in according to Safe Work Australia.

Construction workers

Although it’s relatively common, working in construction can be dangerous business.  Safe work Australia reports 23 workers died on Australian construction sites last year, with 15 fatalities in 2013 so far. It’s also one of the most heavily represented industries when it comes to work compensation claims.

This construction worker was impaled by a steel rod while at work in Lindfield, Sydney.

This construction worker was impaled by a steel rod while at work in Sydney.

Tree loppers

The combination of unsteady branches, overhead wires and high winds that tree loppers have to deal with make it a particularly tricky job.  It’s part of the agricultural, forestry and fishing industry in which 50 people died in 2012 with more than 27 killed so far this year.

Not your typical day in the office.

Not your typical day in the office.

Farmers

A life on the land might seem idyllic but any farmer will tell you it’s tough and dangerous work.  Being a farmer or rancher can land you among the top three dangerous jobs in the world, according to lifeinsurnacefinder.com.au.

George Clift is a fifth generation farmer from Caroona near Gunnedah in central northwest NSW. Picture: Daily Telegraph.

George Clift is a fifth generation farmer from Caroona near Gunnedah in central NSW.

Defence forces

Police officers and soldiers face the risk of death, assault, injury and abuse on a daily basis. Every year, approximately one police officer is murdered in Australia. There have also been 40 deaths in Afghanistan since 2002.

New recruits are sworn in to the police force.

New recruits are sworn in to the police force.

Firefighters

Firefighters are often exposed to risky situations when fighting the bushfires that flare up each year. The leading cause of death for firefighters often caused by asphyxiation and burns (20%), motor vehicle collisions (20-25%), trauma (27%) and heart attack (44%).

A firefighter takes part in a burn-off.

A firefighter takes part in a burn-off.

Pilots

No matter how experienced, pilots still face the risk of fatality of things go wrong in the air.  The Aviation Safety Transport Bureau reports there were 130 accidents, 121 serious incidents and 6,823 minor incidents in 2011 involving aircraft, which ranged in seriousness from being thrown off a set of portable stairs to the tragic loss of an ABC helicopter over Lake Eyre.

John Travolta makes being a pilot look easy. Picture: AFP/Heather Faulkner

John Travolta, a certified Qantas pilot, makes being a pilot look easy. Picture: AFP/Heather Faulkner

Rubbish collector

You see them once a week out the front of your house but rubbish collectors are doing a tough job that exposes them to heavy machinery, harsh chemicals and a high-risk of traffic accidents, according to lifeinsurancefinder.com.au.

Garbage collectors are exposed to traffic and heavy machinery.

Garbage collectors are exposed to traffic and heavy machinery.

These are tough jobs and the people who do them deserve our thanks and gratitude.

So tell us again how hard your day at the office was, hmmmmmmm?

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About Dr. Duff Watkins [www.execsearch.com.au]

international executive search consultant / author-- dispensing career advice about how the job market really works

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