Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King because of his support to sanitation workers due to unfair treatment, the issue remains unjustified. It has social security but no pension plan; a challenge for the sanitation workers in Memphis. It’s a difficult job demanding them to work longer because they don’t have enough money should they want to retire. A man in his 70’s died while waiting for a bus after his shift. The temperature was humid at a hundred degrees but there is no allowance or other facilities provided to his family.
The toughest season for sanitation workers should be summer but that doesn’t mean that they’re safe for the rest of the year since they need to endure harmful wastes. Another danger is that there are vehicles where meth labs are set up. There are also the bi-products that are likely to explode. These things are disposed in trash bins or along the roads putting the sanitation workers at a deadly risk not to mention the compactors they have to operate which can claim their lives if they are careless.
Truckers and Drivers/Sales Workers
Of all the dangerous occupations that made it to our top ten, truckers and drivers are more likely to die on the job. Vigilance, though deemed very important, could be difficult to uphold especially when there is pressure involved. It is during these times when drivers take the shorter but riskier routes. They try to do whatever it takes to reach their destination faster leading them to horrible accidents. Other causes of accidents are speeding and prolonged driving without rest.
The drivers need to pay close attention when they do their job. They are in-charge of the truck as well as their lives; they need to adjust to the circumstances. Drivers also need to consider physical conditions in situations just like ice, fog and snow.
Most dangerous conditions are present in building sites. Construction labor is usually an outdoor job. So they need to adjust to different weathers, not to mention the danger involved when they’re operating heavy equipment.
One laborer died when he got ran over by an excavator at a Las Vegas airport. Later that year, there was a diesel tank explosion claiming the life of another worker, a different incident occurred in New Jersey; a laborer’s clothing got entangled in a moving drilling pipe. Sometimes, safety becomes a late addition for construction jobs, but regulations and increased awareness helped cut the number of mortality and morbidity rates.