Power linemen

dangerous jobs
  • Deaths per 100,000 workers: 21.5
  • Median wage: $58,210

Combine nosebleed heights, high voltage power lines and extreme weather, and you've got the makings for one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

Lineman often have to repair wind-damaged lines, sometimes in the same storms that caused the outage in the first place. They're pushed to work quickly to restore power to communities, which can result in sometimes lethal mistakes, according to Pete Peterson, a lineman for Ward Electric in Colorado.

Even when they aren't dealing with such adverse conditions, these workers are handling high-voltage lines that can send thousands of watts surging through their body.

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First published September 11, 2014: 1:03 PM ET
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2013 and Injury and National Wage Data.

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