Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dark Tides: Dangerous Occupations

I. Read the information taken from the awesome site Work with a partner and rank them from 1 to 8, being 1 the most dangerous.

Chauffeurs, Taxi Driver and Truck Drivers
taxi drivers
With the ever growing traffic on roads, comes the menace of road accidents. In this regard, the life of a taxi driver or a chauffeur is more miserable than anyone who is driving his/her personal vehicle. The number of people getting fatal injuries is very high in this job.

We all share a feeling of awe for actors and actresses seeing them perform dangerous stunts in a movie or advertisement. In reality these stunts are performed by stuntmen. Even after the advent of technology in this field, this job is still regarded among the top most dangerous jobs in the world.
Roofers and Linemen
electric worker
The risk factor involved in the job of a power line installer or repairer is the risk of electrocution from the high voltage lines. Moreover, they are also at a high risk of falling due to high location of the power lines.
Structural Iron and Steel Workers
iron and steel
People working in the structural Iron and Steel industry are always at a risk of falling from the very structures they build despite the fact that nowadays, the safety measures are in place. 
Flying Engineers and Aircraft Pilots
The job of a pilot is more dangerous than others because of the responsibility that they carry on their shoulders and the risk that are inherent in their job. Although the financial prospects are very high in this job but the risks involved are far more dangerous in nature than they are assessed. It is no news that repetitious engine failures have more often than not resulted in crashes. The risks involved in the job of a test pilot who are required to test aircraft are far more than an ordinary aircraft pilot. And those pilots who work in rescue operations are more prone to dangers as they are required to work for long hours in very tough weather conditions.
Timber and Logging Workers
The prime responsibility of a timber cutter is to cut and transport trees. And the risk involved in this job is the falling of the tree on the timber and logging worker. The timber and logging workers are more prone to hazards as they are required to work under tough weather and geographical conditions. 
Military and Police Personnel
To use the words of Jack Nicholson from the movie-’A few good men’, we live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. Every state has defense as an essential component of its existence.
Ever thought why sea-food is so expensive? Yes, it is so because of the transportation costs but the more important reason is that deep-sea fishing is the most-dangerous job on this planet for the simple reason that the gravity hardships that a fisherman encounters cannot be over-stated. They are constantly at risk of drowning because of the unpredictable nature  of sea weather.
II. Do you agree with their list? What other dangerous occupations would you add to the list?
III. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions:

1. What is the main characters' occupation?
2. How dangerous is it?
3. Would you like to have such a job? Why not?
4. What are their major risks at work?
5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this profession.
6. Would like to have a dangerous or extreme occupation? Why (not)?

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