A Job to Die For
Oct. 26, 2019
We often hear “they lay their life on the line every day when they go to work.” What occupation comes to mind when you hear this phrase? Police, firefighter, border patrol officer, security guard or maybe armour car guard? All are noble professions that carry a certain amount of risk, by the way, I would not want to
do any of these jobs.
“They lay their lives on the line everyday when they go to work,” in my opinion is very much overused. Overused when describing people in the wrong line of work. We have heard these expressions so many times that we have become programmed to believe it must be true. The fact of the matter is none of the listed jobs are in the top ten.
Each year in Canada and many jurisdictions in the United States this list is often as follows, forestry, fisheries, aviation, roofing, structural steel, garbage and recycling, electrical line crews, trucking, farming and construction. There is statistics that can verify this at WSIB or similar organizations.
As this phrase is often used when praising police, let me expand on the police fatalities, if I may. When an officer is killed in the line of duty, very often it is as a result of an automobile collision. Don’t get ahead of me. A fatal traffic collision involving a cop rarely is during a pursuit or response to a call. Most often just like all motorists, a momentary lapse and a collision occurs. A relatively new phenomenon when is comes to police workplace fatalities it is PTSD, unfortunately this means suicide. Firefighters, ambulance attendance, undertakers and police must see gruesome sights at work, but only the cop must knock on the door to deliver devastating news to the family.
Be safe at work everyone, don’t let your occupation become a top ten hit on the killed at work hit parade. And, the next time you see a Logger, Fisher, Flight Crew, Roofer, Garbage or Recycling person, Lineman or Linewoman, Truck Driver, Farmer or Construction worker, you can think to yourself, “they lay their lives on the line everyday when they go to work” and you would be correct in your thinking.
Until next time, I’ll be out and around
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