When you love what you do, working harder is not a problem. In America, for example, the wide expanse of natural resources and industries offers people loads of job opportunities. But some jobs will demand more than others. Some titles have a footnote hidden inside them, an invisible footnote saying “hero”.
In the USA, a total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries were reported in 2015, the highest rate since 2008, where 5,214 occurred, according to the Department of Labour. Now, let’s check out the most heroic jobs in America, jobs that can only be done by real-life champions.
While logging is safer now than it ever has been, it still routinely ranks as one of the most challenging jobs in America. Loggers often can’t see the tops of broken trees or where limbs are falling, and this is part of what makes the job so risky. The traditionally macho culture of the logging industry makes safety training difficult, and safety choices are sometimes painted as being “right” or being “fast.”
It’s no surprise “police officer” makes this list. Officers carry guns, go straight into crime scenes and hazardous accident sites and deal with all sorts of characters as part of their job. While many departments now supply their police with bulletproof vests and body cameras, these safety measures can’t overcome the inherent danger in the job to protect, serve and keep us all safe and sound.
American’s highways are the perfect setting for an ad-hoc action movie, and truck drivers spend up to 14 hours a day driving them. Ever-changing weather conditions impact safety. Exhaustion can add up, making this a profession rife for unwanted incidents. Since truck drivers often own their equipment, Andrew Goldner, a truck accident attorney, says they often ensure their own things.
Construction is a major industry in America, and these sites are chock-full with heavy equipment and supplies that are always in flux. Dangerous equipment aside, the risk of falling is always there for someone that works on a construction site. Add even more threatening factors like electricity and chemicals, and you create the toughest scenes ever. Construction workers are also often responsible for doing several different jobs on site, and this adds to their daily risk.
Paramedics or EMTs go straight into dangerous situations as a part of their written job description. It’s their job to be on the highway after a dangerous accident, at a still-burning house fire or stick around during a natural disaster.
Many of these workers cheat death daily. Their work can be frightening, taxing, and most of these jobs don’t pay a lot more than your average office worker. And although their safety isn’t always guaranteed, these real-life Batmans and Captains America take it in stride and have the best duty in the world: saving lives.
Special thanks to Eileen O’Shanassy for providing us with this article. Eileen is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking, and you can find her on Twitter @eileenoshanassy.