Safe Work Australia Month – Australia’s 10 most dangerous jobs.

In 2013, 191 workers died due to work-related incidents. This is the lowest number on record, however, it is still too many. This year’s numbers are rapidly reaching this number with 135 people already losing their lives while working.

October brings the launch of the new Australian Strategy Work Health and Safety Virtual Seminar Series, Safe Work Australia Month.

The Minister for Employment and Safety Ambassador Senator Eric Abetz says it is important for all businesses, no matter their size, to effectively manage the health and safety of their workers.

“This October, I encourage everyone to make work health and safety a priority, take part in the Virtual Seminar Series and become a safety leader by getting involved in Safe Work Australia Month,” Senator Abetz said.

In the spirit of Safe Work Australia Month, we have compiled 10 of Australia’s most dangerous jobs.

No. 1 – Commercial Fishers

A commercial fisher is the most dangerous job in the world, not only in Australia. A commercial fishers job is 17 times more dangerous than mining. This is due to long hours, tough conditions and hard labour. All with the possibility that you could fall into the ocean, sink or be capsized.

No. 2 – Truckers

In 2011, 200 fatal crashes involving trucks were reported. This was 15% of all road fatalities this year. The Australian Government has said that you are ten times more likely to die on the job than any other occupation. This is again due to long hours, driver fatigue and the dangerous driving of others on the road.

No. 3 – Farmers

farmers are in the world’s top three most dangerous jobs. Farmers use heavy machinery, have hard working conditions and can develop diseases such as skin cancer from working outside all day long.

No. 4 – Miners  

Approximately, 50 to 60 Australian miners die each year from toxic gases and explosions. The mining industry is extremely important to Australia providing work for 750,000 Australian’s.

No. 5 – Construction Workers

Construction workers fall into number five due to the equipment they use, scaffolding and heavy materials. An Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed international contractors on average 40 to 50 deaths each year on Australian construction sites.

No. 6 – Tree Loppers

Tree Loppers face the threat of overhead power lines, falling branches and work with chainsaws. Between 2010 and 2012, five tree loppers died in Sydney alone.

No.7 – Defence Force

Generally getting shot at, is a pretty dangerous job. Other potential risks to the defence force is infectious disease, abuse, injury, assault and even death.

No. 8 – Firefighters

Firefighters deal with unruly bush fires, rescuing stranded people and cats and being on the road for large amounts of time. 44% of firefighters die from heart attacks, 27% trauma related death, 20-25% crashes and 20% burns or asphyxiation.

No. 9 – Pilots

Pilots face bad weather, potential mechanical failure, human error and even air strike now on a daily basis. Most pilots are equipped to deal with mechanical fault or bad weather however, there is always a risk.

No. 10 – Garbage Collectors

Garbage collectors are exposed to toxins and chemicals and road accidents on a daily basis. Who would have thought the garbage man was risking his life when he picked up your rubbish.

Side note – In America, a career as a Real Estate Agent is considered rather dangerous after the murder of a number of agents. I guess when you think about it, they are entering stranger’s houses all the time, ignoring the stranger danger message.