With the constant fear of working in an environment that can be subject to collapse, miners undoubtedly have the toughest job. You would think that given the 21st century working laws and rights people are supposedly due to, mining disasters would be a thing of the past. It is also an industry where the workers often pick up illnesses like black lung disease.
Ranging from the death of 29 miners in West Virginia, US, in 2010 to over 300 people in Soma, Turkey 2014, the mining industry can lead to atrocious catastrophes if the necessary steps are not taken to prevent them. Additionally in 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped for 17 days in San Jose, but left with sever traumas like night terrors, memory loss and a fear of the dark.
The textile and garment companies are often condemned for the conditions the workers face labour under to meet the high demand manufacturing of the industry. These near sweatshop settings not only are demeaning on the employees work and pay rights, but can lead to many health and safety breaches too all in order to get products across to Western high-street retailers.
Most recently the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013 with more than 1,000 people dying in the disaster. Similar conditions are found in India, Philippines and Pakistan, like the fires in September 2012.
Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers have long work hours, and rarely have days off. Crop farmers work from sunrise to sunset during planting and harvesting seasons while livestock producers have to work throughout the year as they have to feed and water animals as well as milking cows three times a day. They also have to attend to the health of the herds, including birthing.
It seems as they face one of the most physically tiring and patience demanding jobs. The work can also be hazardous as it includes operating heavy machinery like tractors and handing necessary chemicals.
4. Cab Driver
Being one of the most popular occupations in the world, especially for inner city life, it is still a rough job to do. It is both a physically and mentally exhausting career as drivers have to load and unload the trunks, drive for long periods of time in densely populated areas, and have to be aware of all road conditions all the time.
There are also high reports of drivers facing robbery and assault, and are often killed. It is a given that drivers have to deal with rude customers from time to time and need patience when dealing with passengers.
Police work is known to be dangerous. Apart from having confrontations with criminals, police officers have to be alert and ready to deal with threatening situations. Sometimes they would have to bare witness to death or accidents, which can be demanding on their emotional stability.
The work hours can be long and they can be called into a shift when they are needed, including weekends, holidays and nights. Officers also have the burned of carrying weapons and working during various weather conditions.