Dangerous Jobs—-where do you see yourselfPosted by holy-cow on July 17, 2022 at 7:37 pm
- 15 Replies
- MemberJuly 17, 2022 at 7:52 pm
With all the hazards we face I wonder why we never make that list.
- MemberJuly 17, 2022 at 8:20 pm
The safety officer from the airport stopped to chat with me a while back. I was sitting on a monument at the edge of airport property and he was concerned that I didn’t know there were 200 dump trucks a day rolling through there. (Divine providence had me there at the only moment when they weren’t rolling.) Advised me to get a strobe light or two for the survey chariot and not just rely on cones and a vest, based on his lawsuit experience. It was a friendly talk and I learned something. Might call him for advice if I have to work there again.
- MemberJuly 17, 2022 at 9:51 pm
Once you filter through the nonsense of the same line of work being listed several different ways there’s really only about 4 or 5 dangerous jobs.
Surveying can be dangerous if you’re not paying paying attention, but that probably goes for a lot of things. That being said, I don’t think anyone could pay me enough or give me enough PPE to be a lineman.
- MemberJuly 18, 2022 at 12:35 am
I had a brother-in-law who was a worker’s compensation expert and I asked him once what was the highest rate charged. He said the job of “muckers”, the guys who work at the face of tunneling, have a 100% of payroll premium. It may be differrent now with tunnel boring machines.
- MemberJuly 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm
“Husband” should be on that list……. ????
- MemberJuly 18, 2022 at 7:27 pmPosted by: @chris-bouffard
I wonder why we never make that list.
NOBODY knows what we do or how we do it; EVERYONE thinks we magically know where every property corner in the country is, and that we should just be able to walk right up to them for free.
Dodging traffic? Getting stung, or bit by a deadly snake or spider? Struck by lightening, carrying around a wet metal pole? Getting shot by angry neighbors? Why would these be problems if you magically know where everything is?I hope everyone has a great day; I know I will!
- MemberJuly 18, 2022 at 7:59 pm
@dougie or how about construction surveying, getting run over by heavy equipment, hammered by a swinging boom and so much more.
- MemberJuly 18, 2022 at 8:44 pm
Our worker’s comp rates suggest that our profession is more than a little dangerous.
- MemberJuly 19, 2022 at 2:44 pm
Far fewer surveyors probably meet their demise from job-site dangers than what I’ll call “job-related” reasons… like skin cancer, Lyme’s disease or alcoholism…
- MemberJuly 20, 2022 at 12:33 pm
The options for risk are high BUT …
It’s one of the few jobs where you have to be paying attention and thinking ALL the time you are out, so that reflects in a relatively low accident rate. It becomes instinct to be alert, especially as in many cases in the field every situation is new and unique. (And if you are going to post to tell me you keep falling off cliff faces then perhaps you are in the wrong job).
- MemberJuly 21, 2022 at 4:27 pm
@chris-mills I have this conversation with people new to surveying, that they need to develop situational awareness and be present in the moment, learn to recognize and anticipate hazards. Seems at times that society has created generations of young people with their heads in the clouds or focused on their phones and not paying attention to what’s going on around them. Couple of years ago we had a young helper and I’d finished giving him the talk while out doing some work off of a rather twisty road people like to drive too fast. Literally three minutes later he pulls out in front of an oncoming car sending it off the road and into a field. All I could do is shake my head and wonder if I was wasting my breath.Willy
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