These painters have to be extremely cautious as they're hoisted four stories off the ground to paint the first "L" in the Hollywood sign. Falling is a significant risk for painters, as you can imagine.
There's an entire industry of maintenance workers who maintain and repair infrastructure when things go wrong. In November, two MTA workers were struck by a southbound G train in Brooklyn while they were preparing for a construction project. One of the workers was killed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 28 percent of groundskeeper deaths are caused by falling from or being crushed by trees. This Anaheim, California, man is seen praying over the body of an employee electrocuted when a palm frond on the tree he was trimming made contact with a power line, killing him instantly.
Construction laborers don't wear helmets and protective gear because they like the Village People. Heavy objects and machinery are constantly moving around them, and vigilance can only protect a person some of the time. Safety equipment failure is also an ever-present danger.
The dangers associated with driving a cab are twofold. First, taxi drivers are out on the road a lot, particularly during peak-DUI hours. Second, they're exposed to potentially dangerous strangers on a daily basis.
It's like being a phone-line technician but with the added danger of electricity (and occasionally open flames) three feet from your face. This lineman is suspended high above the ground from a 225,000 volt power line.
Truckers keep hours that would put even the most sprightly college student into a sleepy fog. They're also frequently behind the wheel of a 16-ton metal beast as it hurtles down the freeway.
The driver of this garbage truck died when he hit another vehicle carrying pool chemicals. Both trucks crashed through the center guard rail and crossed all southbound lanes before the garbage truck burst into flames.
There is data to suggest that, adjusted for volume, private air travel is just as deadly as getting in a car. And the causes for plane and car accidents are largely the same: operator error. The difference is that the consequences of pilot error are more often fatal.
You've heard of "Deadliest Catch." Fishing isn't the deadliest occupation, but it is close. Any job that relies on nature and machinery to work in perfect unison to ensure the safety of its workers is sure to be a dangerous one.