Dangerous high-paying jobs

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Dangerous high-paying jobs
Crab fishing is the deadliest job according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (fishermen image by pearlguy from Fotolia.com)

There seems to be a crop of people who would risk their lives in order to get a good paycheck. Every year, the United States Bureau of Labor compiles a list of the top-10 dangerous jobs. Not only are they the most dangerous, but they are the among the highest-paying jobs as well.

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Oil-Rig Workers

Oil will always be a booming industry in this country. Our economy and our people depend on oil. A job as an oil-rig worker can be both dangerous and dirty.

Oil-rig workers have to work 12-hour days. They also may have to sleep, eat, and work on the man-made oil rigs in the middle of the ocean. Dangerous weather and wave currents can cause oil-rig workers to drown into the ocean. There is also large, heavy, and loud machinery to deal with. Oil-rig workers are required to wear ear plugs to prevent hearing loss.

Despite the dangers, oil rig workers can make between £39,000 and £65,000 a year. Those with college degrees or who are willing to work overseas will make even more.

Crab Fishermen

Crab fishing is the most deadly occupation in the United States. There even have been documentaries on television series, such as “Deadliest Catch," which clearly dramatise this. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor statistics, about 5,488 people died from this job in 2007.

Crab fishermen have to deal with freezing waters and tough weather conditions. They also will have to worry about dangerous fishing machinery and coils of rope, which can throw them overboard. They often have to work as many as 21 hours a day.

The crab fishing industry is very lucrative. Fishermen receive as much as £39,000 per year.

Iron Workers

Iron workers have to work in all types of weather conditions. Some other hazards of this job include working at high altitudes. They have to use safety equipment such as harnesses, scaffolding, and nets to reduce the risk of falls and injury. Nonetheless, this job has an above-average rate of injuries.

Iron workers can make between £39,000 and £52,000 annually.

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