The 10 most dangerous jobs in Australia

Life insurance quote comparison website, using findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Safe Work Australia, has compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the country.

According to the list, being a commercial fisherman is the riskiest gig in Australia. In fact, this s known as the most dangerous job in the world and is 17 times more risky than mining. The full list is as follows. 

  • Commercial fishers: Working out at sea is widely known as the most dangerous job in the world, and 17 times more dangerous than mining.
  • Truckers: 200 fatal crashes involving truck drivers were reported in 2011, making up 15 per cent of all road fatalities that year. The Federal Government note that Truckers are 10 times more likely to die on the job than any other occupation.
  • Farmers: In 2008, being a farmer would’ve landed you in the top three most dangerous jobs in the world.
  • Miners: 50 to 60 Australians die each year in the mining industry from toxic gases and explosions.
  • Construction workers: 13 construction workers have died so far this year. Leighton Holdings averages 40 to 50 dying each year on Australian construction sites.
  • Tree Loppers: Between 2010 and 2012, five tree loppers were reported dead in Sydney alone. They face the threat of overhead electric wires, unsteady branches and working with chainsaws.
  • Defence Force: About one police officer is murdered every year in Australia. They deal with the risk of infectious disease, abuse, injury, assault and even death on a daily basis.
  • Firefighters: Unruly bush fire seasons, coupled with day-to-day accidents, put firefighters in high demand. Most firefighters die from heart attacks (44 per cent), followed by trauma related deaths (27 per cent), crashes (20-25 per cent) and burns and asphyxiation (20 per cent).
  • Pilots: Even experienced commercial pilots are no match for adverse weather conditions and possible mechanical failures, among other hazards, making the job high risk.
  • Garbage Collectors: Exposure to toxins and chemicals on a daily basis can lead garbage collectors to experience long-term damage. There is also the threat of accidents on the road.

Michelle Hutchison from said you don’t need to have the most dangerous job in Australia to safeguard against the unexpected. Even white-collar jobs can pose a considerable threat – a Safe Work Australia report found that there were over 13,000 Australians who sustained serious injuries working in retail in 2010-11, while almost 10,000 workers claimed for serious injuries in education, communications, finance. 

“Working in any job has risks – the Institute of Actuaries Australia found one in three are likely to become disabled for up to three months before aged 65, which is a big pool of people at risk,” Hutchison said. “You could walk out of your door and get hit by a bus or struck by lightning. The chances may be slim but the question you need to ask yourself is, do you want to risk something happening with no cover?”

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