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Old September 15th, 2012, 08:34 PM
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Default Aside from Military and LE, what do you think are the most dangerous professions

As for your truly, I've two....as John Paul Jones might say, one is by sea the second is on land.

To me the most dangerous professions are commercial fishing (especially in the Arctic where if you're washed overboard, you're more than likely history) and the other is working the high iron. You couldn't pay me enough to do either.

What are yours?
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Working with large animals is always risky: cattle farmer, jockey, horse trainer, etc. Some types of construction/factory work. Deep sea diving/extreme sport instructor/racing car driver/stunt actors etc, not so many people do that sort of thing but it's obviously dangerous.

Also need to think about chronic low-level risks like working with chemicals on an ongoing basis. eg female gardeners can get hormone poisoning from working with pesticides, asbestos exposure, butchers can get lung problems from meat glue powder, etc. That sort of thing can kill you slowly.
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Was persononally only thinking of major industries but you are, as the British say, "Spot On" with all of your suggestions.
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I've sometimes wondered how many people in violent parts of the world have blown themselves to Kindgom Come trying to fashion such things. Breaks your heart, doesn't it?
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Not just violent parts of the world .It happened on W. 11 St . in Manhattan .

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Years ago when I worked for the USDL I ment many returning US soldiers who had been bomb makers and were looking for employment when they returned to the US.
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Re LE people .Aside from the everyday activity ,those in greatest jeopardy are the ones working undercover .
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Lakers Fan,

That's why I left out miliary and LE. Just prior to my retirement I was scheduled to go to bomb school at Ft. Rucker AL. The school I would have enjoyed; doing it for real, however....................

I forgot to welcome JeanW to our fold, especially in view of such an astute answer about which I had never even considered although she is absolutely correct. Now THAT is a "thinking person!"

Welcome aboard Jean and I so hope you both enjoy your stay and we "grow" on you. Don't be too surprised if both happen!

And BTW Henry, feel free to send some of thost Rosh Hashanah goodies southward. We don't get such delicaies in these parts except of course Knoxville and I rarely make it down there. I have a "big thing" for Jewish desserts!
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I had a poke around a few cruise forums to see where I'd feel most comfortable, and this seemed like the friendliest place.

I used to work in life insurance about a zillion years ago, still remember a few things about relative risks all these years later.
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Nursing! You are exposed to all the major and minor illnesses out there; even with the use of universal precautions you are exposed to many bacteria and viruses. You deal with violent, psychotic patients who can and will hurt you. You deal with family members, who under stress, can strike out at you. You deal with confused or demented patients who do not understand what is happening to them (and they will strike out and fight you because they do not understand what is happeing to them.) You deal with patients who are high or under the influence.

I have not yet met a doctor, nurse or other supportive medical personnel who are not positive for MRSA, VRE and other infections. We have been exposed so many times, we are colonized with these bacteria and viruses...which is why when we glove, mask and/or gown before seeing you, it is for your proteciton as well as ours!
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Nursing! You are exposed to all the major and minor illnesses out there; even with the use of universal precautions you are exposed to many bacteria and viruses. You deal with violent, psychotic patients who can and will hurt you. You deal with family members, who under stress, can strike out at you. You deal with confused or demented patients who do not understand what is happening to them (and they will strike out and fight you because they do not understand what is happeing to them.) You deal with patients who are high or under the influence.

I have not yet met a doctor, nurse or other supportive medical personnel who are not positive for MRSA, VRE and other infections. We have been exposed so many times, we are colonized with these bacteria and viruses...which is why when we glove, mask and/or gown before seeing you, it is for your proteciton as well as ours!

I'm with you on this one. Our hospital is very clean but even we have issues along the way with bacteria and viruses. We do our best. Another problematic area we have (we are a trauma center) is in our ER's with drug crazed folks and in our OR's which take the bad ER folks (gun shot victims and stab wounds) and drop them off to us. Going from having a cup of coffee to full out sprint is quite the challangewhen we get them and they don't want surgery. Do you think it matters if they have a knife sticking out of their belly and they want to go home????? This is why I cruise to get away from that!!
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There's always been the old adage that if you want to really get sick, go to the hospital. There's so much truth in that!

Maybe it's a good thing I'm not in medicine. If the guy with the knife or the bullet in him didn't want treatment, I'd just say, "See yah" and go back to lunch! Oh and if he refuses treatment that means exactly that! No pain killers, no creature comforts, nothing! Oh, and I'd add, "Don't call me back in a half hour with a change of mind, unless you're a real "wuss" after all and I'll make sure everyebody knows that as well!
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I was going to say fiefighters, not all fires are problems for them but when they have to go in a burning building or fighting a large land fire those are very dangerous situations for them.
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That's why I left out miliary and LE. Just prior to my retirement I was scheduled to go to bomb school at Ft. Rucker AL. The school I would have enjoyed; doing it for real, however....................

I forgot to welcome JeanW to our fold, especially in view of such an astute answer about which I had never even considered although she is absolutely correct. Now THAT is a "thinking person!"

Welcome aboard Jean and I so hope you both enjoy your stay and we "grow" on you. Don't be too surprised if both happen!

And BTW Henry, feel free to send some of thost Rosh Hashanah goodies southward. We don't get such delicaies in these parts except of course Knoxville and I rarely make it down there. I have a "big thing" for Jewish desserts!
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Nursing! You are exposed to all the major and minor illnesses out there; even with the use of universal precautions you are exposed to many bacteria and viruses. You deal with violent, psychotic patients who can and will hurt you. You deal with family members, who under stress, can strike out at you. You deal with confused or demented patients who do not understand what is happening to them (and they will strike out and fight you because they do not understand what is happeing to them.) You deal with patients who are high or under the influence.

I have not yet met a doctor, nurse or other supportive medical personnel who are not positive for MRSA, VRE and other infections. We have been exposed so many times, we are colonized with these bacteria and viruses...which is why when we glove, mask and/or gown before seeing you, it is for your proteciton as well as ours!
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another thing that everyone forgets. Not only is nursing a very dangerous profession, it it among the most compassionate imaginable.
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I'll admit that I cheated and looked this one up. I did think that Jean's assumption was spot on. Having grown up on a farm I know the inherent dangers there are when working with animals and heavy machinery. There are a lot of dead and dismembered farmers who got their arms caught in the Power Take Off (PTO) of a tractor or attacked and mauled by "Cleo" the bull. It's a main reason a bull has a ring in its nose. I saw my father bring a 1800 lb. bull to the ground by grabbing it and twisting.

In my cheating I found that Law Enforcement is actually down on the list of most deaths/100,000. Airline pilots (mostly small aircraft), miners, fishermen, loggers, roofers, sanitation workers, truck drivers and industrial machine repairmen all have a greater chance of injury and death than a Law Enforcement Officer.

Another interesting thing I found is that most injuries and deaths to LEO are from traffic accidents. I can understand this. The number of Bozos who don't move over when they see an officer on the side of the road making a traffic stop is ridiculous.

I am grateful for the risks that our Law Enforcement Officers take for our safety but there are other jobs out there that are performed that are just as, or even more, risky.

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Mike,

I didn't necessarily mean killed. I meant killed and injured and no I didn't look up the results. As a matter of fact, I had always understood that the deadliest job was that of being a commercial fisherman.

When it comes to injuries and not just deaths, sorry buddy, but I'll put LE up there with the best of them.
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Truck Driving is a dangerous profession. Alot of drivers are killed every year and the sad part is that the trucker usually is not at fault. I have driven over 2 million safe miles and have seen a bunch of nasty accidents and I thank God that He has kept me all these 25 years.
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Wild animal handlers. Those that handle snakes and gators (Steve Irwin, RIP). The Killer Whale trainers at places like Sea World (Dawn Brancheaux, RIP) Jack Hanna and others like him are brave souls to handle so many animals. For all the good they do they are still in a risky job. You never know when a seemingly harmless animal will turn on you.

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How about the store clerk who is standing in front of the doors when the Black Friday sales start.......
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Now THERE you have a VERY dangerous profession.
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Actually, the world's most dangerous common job is the title of a popular TV show, The Deadliest Catch and that is of course, the job of commericial fishemermen.
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