Hey Mainers, The 5 Jobs Most Likely To Kill You List Is Out, And #1 Is Pretty Big Here
The United States Department of Labor released a list of the deadliest jobs in America over the last 7 years, #1 and #2 are prominent in Maine.
All the stats are accumulated by number of deaths per 100,000 workers.
1. Fisherman (132 deaths per 100k workers)
JD's Take: I know fisherman here and Maine and I guess I just haven't appreciated all the risk that their job entails. I probably should stop complaining about my long, frustrating day in radio when dudes are out there rolling the dice with their lives just so I enjoy baked haddock with ritz cracker crumble.
2. Loggers (97 deaths per 100k workers)
JD's Take: I don't think this one comes as a huge surprise. Trees are huge. They're also heavy. Ever just gone out into the forest and tried to life a tree? Not gonna happen. My grandfather used to cut down trees for a living and ended up with a body that looked like he had gone 24 rounds with Mike Tyson.
3. Aircraft Pilots (70 deaths per 100k workers)
JD's Take: So heyyyyyy, getting ready for that vacation kids? I'm confused about this one without more clarification, this certainly can't mean my favorite JetBlue pilots, RIGHT? I'm legit the kind of guy that has contemplated bringing a parachute on a commercial flight to Florida because I'm so scared. Two huge problems, I have no idea how to use a parachute and I'd probably die anyway.
4. Extraction Workers (57 deaths per 100k workers)
JD's Take: So after googling extraction workers, these are the people who make the oil and gas thing happen. You'd almost assume more deaths in this industry based strictly on explosions! Of course, maybe I watch too many movies and just assume that this entire career path is based on the off-chance that you might encounter Russian spies attempting to take over the pipeline and blow everything up.
5. Iron and Steel Workers (43 deaths per 100k workers)
JD's Take: Well we have a tremendous steel working population here in Maine, specifically the people at Bath Iron Works. Dangerous job. But again, my stupid mind just goes to movies and I assume any steel workers death is like Arnold in Terminator 2 where he just lowers himself into the liquid heat while Edward Furlong cries his little eyes out. I suspect that I'm completely wrong, but what else could you reasonably expect from a radio DJ?
The complete list from Bloomberg News is right here in graph form and includes umpires, food service managers and retail staff...so there's that. Stay alive my friends!