While the perception of dangerous jobs often conjures images of firefighters, construction crews working at dizzying heights, and occupations closely linked to physically intimidating environments, sanitation work typically remains unassuming on this list. However, it’s essential to recognize that sanitation ranks as the fourth most perilous occupation in the United States, following only fishing, logging, and aircraft-related professions in terms of fatality rates.
Workplace fatalities in cities like New York, as in many other regions, stem from a variety of causes, with some of the leading factors including falls, contact with objects and equipment, transportation incidents, and workplace violence. Sanitation, while perhaps less visibly hazardous than some of its counterparts, is, in reality, a physically demanding job. Sanitation workers navigate the streets equipped with heavy machinery, exposing them to a multitude of threats and dangers, both known and unexpected. These workers contend with the full spectrum of risks, highlighting the need for vigilance and comprehensive safety measures within the sanitation industry.