Are you bored silly at work? Be thankful you’re not on the other end of the employment spectrum, where dying on the job is always a possibility.

Every job has its risks. For computer programmers, it might be a case of going crosseyed from staring at lines of code for eight hours every day. Other employment options, while not to make light of the affects of being crosseyed, are a little more…well, let’s just come right out and say it: deadly. It’s to be expected that professions that involve the use of heavy machinery while in remote regions aren’t the safest career choice (loggers, anyone?), but you might be surprised to learn that the individual hauling your trash away is more likely to die on the job than a police officer.

According to a 2014 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, your friendly neighborhood garbage collector has one of the top five most dangerous professions in America. It states that on-the-job fatalities for refuse collectors is 33 deaths per 100,000 – more than double that of the 15.8 deaths for police officers. This isn’t to say being a police officer isn’t dangerous, a fact made very clear when you look at the overall nation average of 3.3 deaths per 100,000. But the next time you’re tossing out the trash, try to keep stabby items like used syringes and broken glassware safely wrapped up when you take it to the curb. Your garbageman will appreciate the extra effort.

Story by Jay Moon


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