Most dangerous Job/Sport/Hobby

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18/03/2013 at 10:32

I am dabbling with a bit of cave diving in the near future which is meant to be crazy dangerous. However I have know quite a few people mess themselves up skiing of all things. Now is this just because more people Ski??  I have even know somebody who died playing football!

I was wondering what do you think is the most dangerous Job, hobby or sport?

seren nos    pirate
18/03/2013 at 10:34

I believe horse riding is statistically the most dangerous per numbers who participate

Plum    pirate
18/03/2013 at 10:38

You can take your eye out playng tiddleywinks......

18/03/2013 at 10:50

For sport it has to be bob skeleton, hurtling along at 120kph on your front on a tea tray!

18/03/2013 at 10:56

You're very unlikely to die doing sport. Except BASE jumping. That's pretty risky (1 death in 2317 jumps).

Skiing or snowboarding you can expect to be injured once every 447 days (injuries requiring medical attention).

18/03/2013 at 11:09

Good stats there Tom

What about jobs then. Because I read somewhere being a builder in the UK you are more likely to be injured than any other job?? I know being a fireman can be a bit dodgy when you're recuing cats from trees and all that

I agree BASE jumping has got to be up there

Although what about this.....

18/03/2013 at 11:25
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)


Statistical fact: More people die skydiving with a fully open and working canopy over their heads than those who don't .......


or perhaps very few people try skydiving without an open and working canopy?

18/03/2013 at 11:29

So your saying if you are a responsible skydiver/base jumper you would be less at risk? I suppose that could be said about most things. When cave diving and you run out of air (Which should never happen) or you have an equipment failure, you do have back ups. But if it goes wrong to can re surface you just drift off. BUT you usually have an opportunity to react to a situation. BASE jumping or skydiving you are committed the moment your feet leave a solid surface, you cannot turn around. So suppose its true.

However the sport, if you can call it that, or train surfing is wiping a few people out too.

Seems like good fun though


  • In November 2002, an English teenager was killed after hitting a bridge while riding on the roof of a train.14]
  • In December 2003, a 15-year-old girl suffered burns to her stomach, chest and shoulders in a train surfing accident in Melbourne, Australia. She had been roof riding with friends when she came into contact with the train's power supply. Her scars were expected to be permanent.15]
  • On 24 September 2004, a 14-year-old boy tried to jump on the footstep of a moving freight train but slipped and fell on the rails. Both his legs got severed by the wheels of the freight car. After this accident he was hospitalized.16]
  • In June 2006, a 15-year-old in Johannesburg, South Africa, fell while swinging out of a train. Most of his scalp was ripped off.15]
  • On 12 May 2007, a Danish train surfer Martin Harris was killed after hitting a viaduct while riding on the roof of a commuter train. After the incident, a campaign against train surfing was launched by two Danish individuals.15]
  • In May 2008, a 20-year-old from Werribee, Australia had been roof riding during the night on top of the last carriage and had been killed after touching an electric wire with 1500 volts of electricity. His right arm was petrified and his fingers were rigid. After this, his body had been found by passengers at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne.15]
  • On 14 February 2011, two 19-year-old Russian students were killed after hitting a pipe over the subway line while roof riding on a subway train in Moscow, Russia.17]
  • On 24 January 2012, a 17-year-old was fatally injured with electrocution while train surfing on a roof of a train in Melbourne, Australia.18]


18/03/2013 at 12:27

Oh come on, train surfing isn't a a sport it's sheer bloody stupidity - Darwinism in action.

18/03/2013 at 12:46

Mining; Farming; pilot &crew (helicopter really dangerous).

18/03/2013 at 13:17

funny thing is. I know lots of extreme sportist who do breakneck activities, and yet the sport which seems to injure people most commonly is....five-a-side football.

18/03/2013 at 13:18

although my 8 mile plod through govan is not without danger

Tommygun2    pirate
18/03/2013 at 13:26

I can say the most dangerous job I have done is Steel Erecting on some very high buildings. I did it in the days before they netted just about everything as they do now. I lost two mates over the three years I did it. I stopped working in the trade when I broke a finger playing rugby and not being able to climb for a few weeks gave me the chance to look for safer work. I still can't believe the risks I took in those days and the hieght at which we worked..

18/03/2013 at 14:01

I think the 8 mile walk through Govan wins! although if you said a 30second stroll through Drumchapel that would win.

TG2 Sod that a thousand times. YOu couldn't pay me enough to be honest with you. It's like the pic of the blokes having their lunch on the Steel beam, on a 1930's sky scraper in New York.

Although if your down A&E on a Saturday afternoon their are a lot of rugby players in different states of consciousness

18/03/2013 at 14:57

I did the Drumchapel sprint as a youth.

That involves dating a lass from said area and walking her home at the end of the night. Then heading off back to civilisation to be confronted by about twenty lads with an assortment of knives shouting "yir no fae this scheme". It wasn't timed, but I'm very confident that was the fastest I've ever ran in my life.

18/03/2013 at 15:54

Funny how you don't get groups of lads like that being all protective about Hampstead Garden Suburb or Alderley Edge isn't it? 

18/03/2013 at 22:51

I seem to recall from my days working for a health and safety magazine that construction took over from mining as the UK industry with the highest volume of fatalities and major injuries some time in the 80s - but I can't be bothered to look it up, frankly.

19/03/2013 at 23:18
I heard a while back that statistically, Grand Prix drivers had the most dangerous job. It was round the time Senna died.
seren nos    pirate
20/03/2013 at 07:37

maybe because with only about 30 grand prix drivers at the time 1 death made the statistics a bit high.........


I always think its trange to have charities for todays fishermen and soldiers who lose their lives doing their never see a charity to help builders  and construction workers who lose their lives doing their jobs..........

is it just from a historical point that these charities were set adays when no one is made to do any job..where people chose the jobs because of their love of it or becuase they think the rewards out weigh the risks..........why do people give to the charities  .. when if others die then there is no charity to help.........isn't it up to evryone to make provisions for their loved ones in case they die

20/03/2013 at 10:07

UK had approx 170 work fatalities last year, and 49 were in Construction but there were 2000 people killed on the roads, and a third 660 approx were driving either company vans or cars. So the job most likely to kill you is a driving job. 

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