Security guards are the first responders, the ones at the scene of an incident before the police, fire department or ambulance. At the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, thirty-three security guards died in the line of duty. Sept. 11 was an atypical day at work, but it emphasizes the dangers of the job.
Security guards are often viewed as a deterrent, observing the situation and reporting behavior, unarmed. This can put them in harm’s way when dealing with a criminal element. Although more police officers are injured on the job each year than security guards, security guards are more likely to suffer a fatal injury at work.
Two-thirds of security guard fatalities come by assault while other injuries are caused by sources as varied as auto accidents, slips and falls, and overexertion. Data shows that working overnight is the most dangerous time period and weekends are more dangerous than weekdays.
Airport travelers mostly think about the annoying delays and the lines at check-in, but it’s a whole crazy world behind the scenes. To the public, safety in flight is the number one concern and the people doing the legwork and operations on the ground are overlooked. The rush to stay on schedule creates a hectic workplace where accidents happen.
It’s a dangerous work environment. You work in a sea of vehicles, all in a hurry to be somewhere else and traveling on a chaotic highway system.
Workers are thrown off vehicles, carts and trailers collide, jet bridges are moved without clearance and heavy equipment falls and crashes. There is a lot of big, expensive and clumsy gear at the work site and it’s always being rushed from one gate or hangar to another.
Everyone expects jobs like police work and firefighting to be dangerous, but you might be surprised that they are not considered among the top five, or even top ten, most dangerous professions in the U.S. That is because these professions have safety measures in place that help minmize risk.
So, what common California occupations make the list of most dangerous occupations? Here are five we found interesting.
Loggers work in isolated areas, use heavy equipment and often travel great distances on the road. This leads to the highest amount of fatalities in any occupation. The nature of the job puts loggers in danger of falling trees and branches. In addition, the terrain they work on is often uneven, subject to weather-related dangers such as mudslides, and the remote areas make medical help difficult to reach quickly.
Thousands of workers around the country walk into danger every day of their lives. Some workers breathe in toxic airborne particles during their 8 to 4 job and may not even know it. One of these common airborne dangers called beryllium has recently been brought into the spotlight. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule earlier this month to lower exposure levels for workers around the nation. This new rule dramatically lowers the accepted levels of exposure to beryllium, protecting 62,000 workers in the U.S.
The good news is that OSHA has reported a drop in workplace injuries and illness for the 12th time in 13 years. While the numbers show a bright spot in worker safety and industry awareness, the numbers are still too high.
There were a total of 2.9 million reports, which comes to roughly 3 of every 100 workers. It’s the lowest rate since 2002. Though OSHA is pleased with the decrease, there are questions about the accuracy of their findings and the reasons for the drop. As a whole, the federal agency is pleased with the numbers, but notes there is room for improvement.