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Ian Dunn
527392.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:54 am Reply with quote

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Q: What is the worst job in the USA?
K: Alaskan crab fishmen
A: Lumberjack/Treefeller


According to a study by the website jobsrated.com, which examined jobs on based on a range of factors such as wages, stress and physical demand, the worst job in the country is a lumberjack or treefeller.

The reasons given for this job include the high death rate. At 82.1 per 100,000 lives lost per year it is the third most deadly job in the country. There are also long hours, high levels of stress, strenuous work and low pay. People often start at minimum wage and the median hourly wage is $13.80.

If you said Alaskian crab fishman you are wrong. It is certainly considered to be the most dangerous job, as mentioned in QI Series D. It should be pointed out that the study grouped together all fishing jobs have than seperating them, but as a group, the death rate is still 141.7 deaths per 100,000. The average wage is $34,000 per annum, and workers often have to spend time in cramped circumstances and poor weather conditions.

The top ten goes as follows:

1) Lumberjacks

2) Dairy farmer

3) Taxi driver

4) Seamen

5) Emergency medical technician

6) Roofer

7) Garbage collector

8) Welder

9) Roustabout (A job which involves maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, using hand and power tools.)

10) Iron worker

Story from CNBC

 
djgordy
527421.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:27 am Reply with quote

11) Al Qaeda cultural representative.

 
Theblazeuk
527750.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:53 pm Reply with quote

12)Diplomat.

 
Jenny
527759.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:12 pm Reply with quote

I'm astonished that dairy farmers came second.

Watch out farmer Giles - Daisy has a dangerous glint in her eye...

 
Ion Zone
527775.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:48 pm Reply with quote

Emergency medical technician, rubbish collector and welder? I would have thought mining would be on there...

What kind of welding?

 
Ian Dunn
527777.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:51 pm Reply with quote

I don't think the article goes into a specific kind of welding.

 
Posital
527787.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:17 pm Reply with quote

Being a pyramid builder was quite risky. Almost 100% of them died...

OK - Exactly 100% are dead - I hope.

 
Theblazeuk
527804.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:34 pm Reply with quote

well if we're talking America, then I reckon not so much pyramid builder as pyramid sacrifice would be worse.

 
suze
527822.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:04 pm Reply with quote

It isn't necessarily the worst job in the USA, since quite a lot of people seem to want it.

But there is one job in the USA which carries a death risk of 3,636 per 100,000 per year while in the job - more than forty times as dangerous as lumberjacking.

I speak, of course, of the office of President.

 
Posital
527824.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:13 pm Reply with quote

Wiki wrote:
The term Curse of Tippecanoe is sometimes used to describe the pattern where from 1840 to 1960 each American President who had won election in a year ending in zero (such as 1880 or 1900) died in office. It was broken by Ronald Reagan, who survived being wounded in a March 1981 shooting.

We've missed a few since then - dammit.

 
bobwilson
527833.  Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:26 pm Reply with quote

yes but - when contemplating the 1980 president (Reagan) and the 2000 president (Dubya) the assassin must have said to himself "they can't mean him surely, where's the real president?"

 
Ian Dunn
527967.  Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:04 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
It isn't necessarily the worst job in the USA, since quite a lot of people seem to want it.

But there is one job in the USA which carries a death risk of 3,636 per 100,000 per year while in the job - more than forty times as dangerous as lumberjacking.

I speak, of course, of the office of President.


Yes, but when you consider that only 44 people have been president, that does appear to be somethign of a rather small sample.

 
suze
528119.  Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:43 am Reply with quote

Oh, of course it's a small sample - and in fact even smaller than you suggest, since Barack Obama is called the 44th President even though he is fact the 43rd person to hold the office.

But of the 42 ex-Presidents, eight of them died before their term was up (four assassinations, one heart attack, one stroke, one from pneumonia, and one from food poisoning).

 
samivel
528398.  Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:49 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Oh, of course it's a small sample - and in fact even smaller than you suggest, since Barack Obama is called the 44th President even though he is fact the 43rd person to hold the office.


Damn Grover Cleveland for making it confusing.

 
Oolon Colluphid
532326.  Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:44 am Reply with quote

They didn't mention this in The Lumberjack Song. Maybe wearing suspenders and a bra helps?

 

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