By Diane Ako
The life of a reporter often means you run to the scene of danger as every other sane person is running away from it. The first time I did this, I was a cub reporter in New Mexico, going to a fire where there were gas tanks nearby.
Police blocked off the road a half mile out, and I flashed my press pass and asked to get closer. They let me drive up to where the police cars were, some 30 feet away.
Then I got out and started gathering my information and images for the story. One of the firemen mentioned that if the tanks blow, we're definitely in the blast radius.
I remember thinking to myself, "Am I nuts?" It definitely gave me pause. Then I kept working. Now and again at every successive incident (fires, explosions, shoot outs, bomb threats, communicable disease, radioactivity, terrorism, risk of attack or robbery, heat exhaustion - I think I listed it all) during my 16 year news stint, I would think of this first realization.
Which is why, when I went to work for a luxury hotel, I thought, "Phew! What could go wrong here amid thousand dollar dinners and mega-suites of the rich and famous?"
Then there were two successive tsunami threats in my first two years, and as a manager, I was required to go to work to help fulfill crisis procedures. Every other person is driving out of the flood zone for safety, and I am fighting traffic and vigilant cops to insist to be let in to the red zone. Smart, Ako, smart.
I do realize there are way more dangerous jobs the world, but those are my little brushes with professional peril.
FinancesOnline.com has created a list of some of the most perilous blue collar jobs, and how, despite improvement in safety provisions, these occupations still put people’s lives at risk. Maybe you think fishing is the most dangerous, due to the popularity of that fishing show, Deadliest Catch? It's actually logging.
Do you perform this kind of work and do you agree it's among the most deadly? What else should be on the list that isn't?