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31st Jul 2011, 11:12
Some would say lumberjack or crab fishermen off the coast of Alaska.

I would go for anyone who works on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

31st Jul 2011, 11:26
Being married to Mrs Fliegs...:eek:

tony draper
31st Jul 2011, 11:31
I stopped watching those type of programs a while back they over hype and dramatize the potential dangers and build up the tension for the sake of what is regarded as good television these days,same with that Ice Road Truckers 'Oh dear! He's carrying a heavy load and he might fall through the ice! yet they always seem to get their load through, lorra phoney old bollix if yer ask me! probably been more people killed in the knitware industry, I reckon being a coal miner in China must come close though.

Juliet Sierra Papa
31st Jul 2011, 11:37
I agree with you there RT, but you can still catch crabs on an aircraft carrier :E

31st Jul 2011, 12:03
Quite a few jobs are equally dangerous and this one must rank among the top ten or so.

‪The most dangerous job in the world - needs strong heart to Watch‬‏ - YouTube

31st Jul 2011, 12:08
Anything that involves getting out of bed is dangerous.

But there again, most people die in bed.

tony draper
31st Jul 2011, 12:10
Nah Mr G,the golden rule in the working at height industry is 'One hand for the company one hand for yourself' anyway once your above say forty feet how long it takes you to hit the ground is academic.

31st Jul 2011, 12:22
A Marconi rigger told me 'It doesn't matter if you fall from 40 feet or 400 - the only difference is the time it takes before you are dead'.

31st Jul 2011, 12:28
Almost anything in the building trade and fishermen, deep sea diving is well paid for good reasons.

But I would submit that flying a heavily loaded single engined aircraft off a short, narrow bumpy strip rates as pretty dangerous if only for that few moments.

Just a spotter
31st Jul 2011, 12:32
A friend, who works as a actuary in re-insurance, once told me that the most expensive job to get life assurance for was "Steeplejack's Mate"

I guess, being told to "run up that ladder and fix a rope at the top, there lad" has it's risks.


tony draper
31st Jul 2011, 12:36
Yup,Fred did his steeplejacking for years and died in bed as will most of us. Seen clips of him doing stuff that would have given me pause and heights never bothered me.

Senior Pilot
31st Jul 2011, 12:47
I would go for anyone who works on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Not the most dangerous: just the most exciting ;)

None of the above
31st Jul 2011, 13:47
Not that many years ago, the local newspaper carried ads for aerial riggers at stations of the Diplomatic Wireless Service in the area. Such was the frequency of these vacancies, you had to wonder what had happened to the previous post holders.
Forgot to mention that one of the requirements for applicants was that they were comfortable working at height. Hmmm...

31st Jul 2011, 13:53
Farming: Newsline/FARMING IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS OCCUPATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES (http://www.aces.edu/dept/extcomm/newspaper/dangerousjob.html)

Next time you shake hands with a farmer, count the number of fingers missing - no joke.

31st Jul 2011, 13:55
Railway shunting was more hazardous than coal mining, but less so than deep sea fishing in trawlers - all this in the days when we had railway shunters, coal mines and a deep sea fishing fleet.

31st Jul 2011, 14:03
Isn't the suicide rate of farmers higher than most?

31st Jul 2011, 14:20
I was once employed to replace the corrogated asbestos roof of a hangar at Manston airfield with shiny new plasticky stuff.

I was about 20 years of age at the time and had no fear of heights, was brought up on the Kent Coast and climbing cliffs was a normal weekend activity.

Was at the apex of the hangar when a thunderstorm came over, lost my footing and slid to the very end of the roof my process aided by years of slimy moss growth.

My boot caught on the very last stud before the edge, I was extremely lucky.

Cannot bear heights since then :ooh:

Um... lifting...
31st Jul 2011, 14:32
Don't blink.


31st Jul 2011, 15:40
Talk about luck! Imagine going into one of these:
Photos: Airbus A330-243 Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net (http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aeroflot---Russian/Airbus-A330-243/1645693/&sid=647372319af72aea91e4321ed0d6d4c2)

31st Jul 2011, 16:16
The most dangerous job I have ever encountered is most definitely underground hard-rock mining. As an underground miner you're on contract, and you're paid on production in terms of tonnes of ore (or waste) broken per shift.

Once a rock face is drilled, loaded and fired, the miner is back in there as soon as the gases are cleared, and then comes the part of the job where he earns every cent of what he's getting. The procedure is known as "barring down".

In not so many years in the recent past, "barring down" involved clambering onto the freshly-broken ore (or waste) and then crowbarring down, any loose rocks in the roof of the stope that presented a future fall hazard.
Many a time, a miner would be barring down a threatening 5 tonne rock, that was hanging loose in the roof, and 10 tonnes adjoining it would fall. If he was lucky, it missed him. If he was unlucky, he was history.
We used to lose an underground miner every few weeks in the Gold and Nickel fields of Western Australia, not so long back.

Nowadays, the barring down is done remotely from an underground mining machine that has a long boom with a chisel point, and a reinforced cab that can withstand rockfalls.
I wouldn't be an underground miner for all the tea in China, yet the blokes who do it, mostly enjoy it. They reckon they get away from the vagaries of the weather, heat, wind and cold, and the time seems to go faster underground. They can have it.

Don't even ask about "rockbursts"... where at great depths, the walls or roof can just explode from the huge pressures being exerted at depth. These blokes earn every single cent of the massive earnings they pull in.

Worrals in the wilds
31st Jul 2011, 16:20
Just stay away from horses... :eek:
Being a jockey: the most dangerous job on land - Horseracing - Sport (http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/horseracing/being-a-jockey-the-most-dangerous-job-on-land/2009/01/18/1232213449153.html)

Edit: just read your post Onetrack. Interesting. I know next to nothing about mining (exept about the heaps of money ;)) and went on an underground mine tour in Broken Hill run by two ex miners which was awesome. I remember one of them apologising for being a bit deaf, we shared a laugh about aviation/mining related deafness, particularly around managers and associated shiny-pants wearers.

I asked him if they used hearing protection and he said that they'd avoided it because it prevented them from 'hearing the rock talking, it tells ya when it's thinking about misbehaving. Ya wearing earmuffs, ya don't hear what it's saying'. :uhoh: He didn't elaborate further, so thanks for the details.

31st Jul 2011, 16:23
Talk about luck! Imagine going into one of these:
Photos: Photos: Airbus A330-243 Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net (http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aeroflot---Russian/Airbus-A330-243/1645693/&sid=647372319af72aea91e4321ed0d6d4c2)

Like this guy?


Pugilistic Animus
31st Jul 2011, 17:03
1. Flight instructor in NY in this heat
2. engineering professor risk of stroke:ugh:

31st Jul 2011, 19:10

1st Aug 2011, 02:46
Working offshore on the rigs had its moments .Glad i turned down the return gig on the Piper Alpha.
I turned that return gig down because another rig job was paying 25 pence an hour more and three hours a day extra work .Who says chasing more money is not always the safe path to take :)

1st Aug 2011, 16:38
Reckon we should include "Suicide Bomber" in this discussion....as they are known to have a very short career if things go right....much less if they go wrong.

1st Aug 2011, 16:47
Yeah but apparently the retirmenent benefits are great.:rolleyes:

1st Aug 2011, 17:20
Nothing a couple of aspirin won't cure, Flying Eagle !

1st Aug 2011, 19:52
Don't worry about the bloke holding the target; think about those watching the shooting through the windows.

1st Aug 2011, 20:44
When I was 20 years old I had two affairs with married women at the same time.
OK, I accept that it was (financially) unpaid, but, because if I hadn't done it and someone else probably would have, I regard it as a task akin to a job, probably even a career, definately extremely dangerous from whatever perspective you viewed it from. :E

2nd Aug 2011, 22:41
Being a jockey: the most dangerous job on land

I saw a documentary about jockeys last year. It was a Canadian film, perhaps done by the CBC, and it did not paint a pretty picture of this profession. (Maybe some intrepid person can find it on the web - sorry, I'm enjoyiing my Martini after a sweltering day here :\ -that should mean I'm sweating!)

3rd Aug 2011, 01:20
Construction worker in the Middle East.

3rd Aug 2011, 01:23
2nd level drug dealer(capo) in an inner city

3rd Aug 2011, 08:43
RN FAA aircrew has had its moments as a dangerous occupation. Carrier-borne aviation in the relative peace of the 50s and 60s in particular.

Courses of officer aircrew used to start at Dartmouth five times a year, and were numbered. Rumour had it that one flight from the late 60s/early 70s has no survivors, though I think quite a few met their maker outside the day job.

3rd Aug 2011, 09:19
Just stay away from horses... http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/eek.gif

I used to have a book which listed all the British & Commonwealth casualties in the Boer War. Disease as cause of death was at the top of the list, but not too far down were horse related incidents (fell from horse, kicked by horse, etc).

A film stunt man who specialised in horse work once gave us a talk on the subject. Apparently in the early days of Hollywood it was quite commonplace to lose a rider or two in the making of a Western, and three died in the making of The Charge of the Light Brigade (the Errol Flynn version), along with dozens of horses.

3rd Aug 2011, 11:48

Nothing a couple of aspirin won't cure, Flying Eagle !

I realise that this is Jet Blast but..... Try to remember that those are the remains of a human being, a son, maybe a brother and a father, a husband etc....

3rd Aug 2011, 14:38
Avionker, very true, but remember the English deal with tragic situations by being humerous about them. This is our way of fighting off the tears. If someone can make a witty joke about me at my own funeral, my life will not have been lived in vain. I'd rather have people crying with laughter in their eyes than crying with sorrow when I go.

(But not just yet)

(Except for my creditors)

4th Aug 2011, 10:14

Having served 15 years in the RAF (I'm not from Scandinavia, I'm British) I am well aware of black humour, and normally I would agree with you. Just not sure that a public forum is the right place to make such comments about this incident.

I also must admit to have found the pictures of this particular accident very disturbing, perhaps because I often work with the aircraft type involved.

Maybe I'm been a little over sensitive for once, not something I'm usually accused of it must be said....

4th Aug 2011, 19:45
Perhaps my remark was my own way of dealing with the horror and anguish of seeing that photograph.

Now, one for the experts: how does one make sure that people working in (such) dangerous environments never forget just how dangerous they are ? How does one instill such a work philosopy and stop people "becoming used to" these threats ?

4th Aug 2011, 20:41
Now, one for the experts: how does one make sure that people working in (such) dangerous environments never forget just how dangerous they are ?

Well, for starters, you can show them that picture.

Regarding the picture of the lad holding the target, over on the Mil Thread, one of the captions was something along the lines of....

"Wing did not understand at first why his Father gave him a saw when he left for the Army, but he soon realised how important is was."

11th Oct 2011, 09:27
I would go for dwarf tossing. This kind of job is one of the most dangerous job wherein your putting yourself in danger.
Dwarf tossing was initially imported from Australia and was banned in Florida in 1989 after former carnival worker and dwarf tossing performer David Wilson, 27, died of blood alcohol poisoning. Excessive drinking has frequently been a part of dwarf tossing culture.

I now Florida lawmaker seeks to make dwarf tossing legal again (http://www.newsytype.com/12430-florida-dwarf-tossing-law/). Florida State Rep. Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne) wants to improve his local economic climate, delivering jobs to the little individuals who are scuffling daily. Enter HB 4063, a bill that would lift the state ban on the pub game referred to as dwarf tossing. Not everyone is pleased that an elected official would endorse a practice considered demeaning in several circles.

11th Oct 2011, 11:31
The more dangerous the job the more pay you get?
So, looks like the underground train drivers in London have a VERY dangerous job :ugh:

22nd Oct 2011, 16:41
A terible accident in the offshore oil industry ysterday. A support ship sank suddenly in very rough seas, taking with it a number of sat divers inside a decompression tank bolted to the deck. Divers have been down but my friend in the industry says there's no signs of life.

TODAYonline | World | Iran team hopes to reach divers trapped underwater (http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111022-0000018/Divers-trapped-underwater-after-ship-sinks-in-Gulf)

Horrible death.

24th Oct 2011, 10:38
Just heard this from someone on the inside:

These companies have no legislation to govern them, their divers know no better. Their lack of sea fastening procedures allowed a cement silo to break free and wipe out the dive control, then they ship rolled over and was gone in 3 minutes. The divers stored at a depth less than bottom had no chance at all. The chamber doors would have blown in plus the bell lost it's seal when the vessel turned over causing an immediate decompression of the system, this probably killed them before they drowned.