At your office, the biggest hazard you might face is tripping on a staircase or bumping into a colleague when you are in a hurry or at the most running out of steam. But they are not dangerous in any way while compared to the jobs i have listed below. Let’s check out the top six hazardous and most dangerous jobs in the world that will make you consider how fortunate you are.
Worlds Most Dangerous Jobs
1. Skyscraper Windows Cleaners:
You require strong nerves and fearless determination to work as a window cleaner in the city of Dubai. When a window cleaner spots a mark on the window of an apartment, he has to stretch himself on the window sill to give the glass a quick clean. The hazardous part is the apartment is located 500 feet on the 36th floor of a skyscraper at Jumeirah Beach.
He casually steps out on the narrow’s holding the window frame with one hand and stretches across to clean away the smudge on the glass pane. Taking his life into his own hands for few moments, he had the sense to hold the window frame even by his fingertips as he goes about his hazardous task day in and day out.
He was photographed to ensure the windows were absolutely clean by a supervisor. He does not have protective equipment like a helmet, cradle or at least a safety harness. As far as safety of its huge immigrant work force is concerned, Dubai safety authorities have a questionable track record. Conditions under which immigrant workers are expected to go about their daily tasks is still a matter of discussion in the Arab Emirates.
The majority of the worker population has no say especially in matters of their safety. They also know that if they are fired, there are millions of others ready to take their job. Just thinking of the risk they put themselves in every day can give you the shivers.
2. Helicopter Linemen:
When you see images of them working over power lines you may think it’s a hoax. But helicopter line men who work dangling from copters are real. This is considered as a highly specialized form of line work. Helicopter line men have undergone specialized training to do their job. Impossible as it might seem, high-voltage line work can be performed bare handed, believe it or not!
The line man has to be isolated from contact with the ground utilizing an insulated bucket. The line man needs to wear a conductive special outfit connected to the live power-line. At this point, the lineman and the line have the exactly same potential thus permitting the line man to handle the live wire without any harm done.
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Live-wire work is common on low-voltage distribution networks with in the United Kingdom as all lines men are trained to work on live status. Live-wire work on high-voltage distribution networks with in the United Kingdom is done by specialists. These lineman are some times referred to as the hot gloves.
3. Crocodile Wrestlers:
Any task at your office no matter how arduous they might seem is nothing when compared to the unbelievable image above. No matter how hard to please the boss may be, you do not risk limb and life by sticking your head in the jaws of your boss. But no matter how incredulous it might sound, this is what crocodile wrestlers at a zoo in Thailand do on a day-to-day basis.
The daring men at the Samphran Zoo execute what might be the world’s most hazardous job. The crocodile wrestlers are performing this stunt in the zoo on the suburbs of Bangkok in Thailand ever since the zoo was set up in 1988. During a 1 hour-long show, they fearlessly stick their head between powerful jaws of the zoo’s biggest crocodiles in the true style of a legendary Thailand crocodile wrestler called Krai Thong.
4. Lion Trainers:
Newly weds from the state of Montana enjoying their honeymoon in Sin City, Las Vegas were watching the lions at MGM Grand Hotel when this incident happened. The man was video taping the female and male lions and their 2 trainers when suddenly one of the male lions became aggressive and lunged at the trainer.
A struggle followed and the female lion decided to join the melee too, but fortunately the experienced trainer managed to free himself with the timely help of a colleague and beat a hasty retreat from the lion enclosure with the male lion still looking agitated. There was no evidence of any grievous injuries or blood at the scene, but the trainer was evidently in extreme pain during the unexpected attack.
Sound proof glass muffled most of the noise. The authorities stated the attack would be considered as a one-off event and no charges would be pressed against the management. The trainer was indeed fortunate as it was the male lion who had got overly excited, if a female lion had been the perpetrator the result would have been far more serious and gruesome.
Gilbert Andalos need not open his mouth to tell the extremely risky experience of working 35 years in the mines of Chile. His bruised and battered body shows it all. An improperly set bone projects out from his right shoulder. A long scar runs through his fore head. A steel plate keeps his shattered right fore arm together.
These scars are the remnants of injuries sustained during the mine explosion that almost killed him. In 2005, Gilbert Andalos was driving an excavator in a huge copper mine at which point he suddenly felt a gust of air. He was thrown off the excavator, landed heavily, and sustained serious injuries.
He was taken to a hospital some 1500 miles south of Santiago where he spent over a year undergoing treatment of his near fatal injuries. The damage sustained was irreversible. The mine at San Jose collapsed again and some 33 mine workers were trapped in the debris. The operator and owner of the mine, Esteban Mining Company did not make the promised safety improvements to the mine.
The workers were trapped for nearly 75 days, 2500 feet under ground. Several trapped miners had numerous close calls with death in the depths of the mine. One of them had 2 fingers crushed by falling debris. Another worker spent a year recovering after rocks slammed into his spine. One miner, Lobos had been trapped for 3 hours during a previous cave collapse.
Hector Avila, an experienced miner who had worked 25 years in mines knew several of the trapped miners when working with them at the mine at San Jose. One geologist was killed in a 2008 incident prompting closure of the mine. The mine was re-opened shortly afterwards. Since 2001, 375 miners have lost their lives working at these deadly mines in Chile as per the government’s report. Sounds like a real fabulous job eh!
6. Target Girls:
Target girls are those girls in stunt shows and circuses used as a female assistant during the impalement act such as archery, knife throwing or sharp shooting. The female assistant is strapped to the moving board or stands in front of a target board. The impalement artist shoots projectiles or throws knives as to hit the board and not the assistant.
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A female assistant being used as a human target does provides an incredible element of thrill with inherent risk. With out anyone placing themselves in the path of danger, such acts would be nothing but a demonstration of a artist’s accuracy. With the potential for death or injury, the show pulls in a better crowd with the promise of excitement and thrill.
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