How dangerous are extreme sports compared to some of the most dangerous occupations on the planet? It is a known fact that manual labor, construction, and manufacturing jobs place workers at significant risk of injury or death, but extreme sports can be just as deadly.
Here we will look at the top jobs and sports in the world regarding the risks employees and participants take.
The Most Dangerous Occupations on Earth
Men are far more likely to be killed or injured on the job than women because they are far more likely to choose work in areas such as construction, manufacturing, or occupations that require the operation of heavy machinery.
In 2015 there were over 4,800 workplace fatalities reported in the United States.
The vast majority of those killed were men.
Some of the Most Deadly Occupations
- Landscaping and grounds-keeping— according to government labor statistics, about 18 out of 100,000 workers in the landscaping industry are killed on the job each year. These workers are routinely exposed to the elements and often required to operate heavy machinery, increasing their risk of involvement in a devastating accident. (see more here)
- Power line installation and repair— roughly 21 out of 100,000 maintenance workers are killed annually. These workers must work outdoors with live currents and at dangerous heights. These factors contribute to the risk of an accident or injury on the job. (see more here)
- Agricultural workers— farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers are exposed to many of the same risks landscapers take. They operate heavy machinery, work in the elements, and may be injured by the livestock or farm animals they work with. About 22 out of 100,000 agricultural workers are killed each year.
- Truck drivers— while truck drivers can expose others to danger on the road if they do not operate safely, they, too, are at risk of injury. Many of their accidents occur at warehouses and loading docks while loading or unloading cargo. About 24 out of 100,000 truck drivers suffer fatal injuries annually in the United States. (see more here)
- Iron and steel work— with a death rate of about 30 in 100,000 yearly, iron and steel workers knowingly take on a significant daily risk. They perform backbreaking labor and must use heavy machinery and tools that can easily maim or kill improperly. (see more here)
- Waste management workers— garbage and recycling collectors work grueling hours collecting our refuse and must work in the elements around heavy machinery. This is why 39 out of 100,000 workers in this occupation are killed every year.
- Roofers— constant exposure to the elements and working on uneven surfaces at unsafe heights place roofers at a much greater fall risk than other occupations. This is why about 40 in 100,000 roofers are killed every year.
- Airline workers— from pilots and flight attendants to flight engineers on the ground airline workers are highly likely to suffer injuries on the job. Due to the nature of this work, such injuries are also more likely to be fatal. About 40 of 100,000 airline workers are killed annually in the United States. (see more here)
- Fishermen— commercial fishing is a highly deadly occupation with a fatality rate of 55 in 100,000 workers yearly. The weather, machinery, and location affect workers’ risks in this field. Many workers cannot receive emergency care quickly because their boats are out at sea, which can increase the risk of fatality. (see more here)
- Logging— an alarming death rate of 132 out of 100,000 workers yearly makes logging the most deadly occupation in the United States. Loggers are exposed to the elements and must use dangerous equipment while bringing down heavy trees and trimming them for transport. A slight mistake or lack of situational awareness can prove deadly. (see more here)
The List of Most Extreme Sports in the World
While the above occupations place employees at significant risk of injury and death, extreme sports are no better in terms of safety.
Participants are susceptible to life-altering injuries and death and should be educated about these risks before competing. The list of extreme sports in the world includes the following:
- Bull riding— riders need to remain mounted on the bull for as long as it bucks and try to kick them off. An angered bull can trample or gore a dismounted rider, putting riders at significant risk of injury. Participants in this extreme sport may suffer broken bones, injuries to the head and face, or goring by the bull.
- Rugby— insufficient protective gear makes this contact sport extremely dangerous. Players collide with each other to check, block and tackle as they attempt to move the ball down the field or prevent the other team from doing so. Repeated blows to the head have created a concern over CTE that parallels the publicity the NFL has received following the discovery that professional football players are likely to suffer from severe neurological decline after repeated injuries to the head.
- Car racing— any extreme sport involving speeds exceeding 150 mph is automatically considered dangerous. The average speed for some races can be as high as 175 mph; at these speeds, the most minor miscalculation can result in an accident. Many safety measures are in place to protect drivers, but this has not been enough to prevent the occasional disaster. If a driver is in a wreck, they can suffer from head trauma, broken bones, injuries to the spine, massive blood loss, or death.
- Surfing— thrill seekers looking to catch twenty to one-hundred-foot-tall waves for prize money risk being swallowed by the waves, colliding with rocks on the shore, or even injuring themselves on their surfboards. Drowning is the highest risk of dangerous results, but surfers may sustain injuries like broken bones and head trauma.
- Street luge— riders operate sleds down paved roads at speeds which can easily exceed 100 mph in this hazardous sport. Even though they wear helmets and protective leather suits, the risk of death is prevalent in this activity.
- Base jumping— this sport involves jumping from great heights to land on one tall object from an even taller one. Jumpers need to time the deployment of their parachutes to land safely correctly, and many things can go wrong during a jump. The outcome of many errors can prove tragic.
- Boxing— 90% of boxers suffer brain damage over their careers, which is unsurprising, considering that they throw punches at each other’s heads.
- Climbing— climbers expose themselves to numerous risks. Extreme heat or cold falls from great heights, broken bones, injuries to the ankles and feet, torn tendons and ligaments, and death are all possible while climbing.
- Motorcycle racing— car racing is dangerous enough, but motorcycle racers barrel down the track without any protection beyond the helmets on their heads and the suits on their backs. Minor accidents in this extreme sports event include broken bones and third-degree lacerations. It is far too easy for a cyclist to be maimed or killed.
- Horse racing and obstacle courses— no amount of training and equipment can prepare a horse rider for the unexpected in competitive horse riding. Being thrown from a horse can be catastrophic, with injuries ranging from broken bones to paralysis to death.
Whether a person is exposed to danger on the job or while participating in a sport, every reasonable measure must be taken to reduce the risk of injury or death.
The same is true if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident and are looking to recover compensation for funeral expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today to learn more about your rights and options during a risk-free consultation concerning a work-related injury.