Bad weather, rough water, hitting shoals, falling overboard,fire, cable snapping sending the boom into freefall, unbalanced load causing listing. There's a lot that can turn tragic if you aren't paying attention. Or if someone else wasn't. It's kinda fun too though.
I used to work in a Nicole mine as a chute blaster - it was kind of dangerous but what made it really dangerous is there was an unwritten rule that if you what to get the job done and make lots of bonus you don't follow the safety rules or regulations - almost killed myself a few times. Cheers!
It was on the first job I ever had, at a plant making concrete shapes (drainpipes, flagstones, etc).
I got assigned to a new team manning a huge contraption with a mixer on top feeding the forms via a short funnel. We made kinda zig-zag bricks that interlocked a bit to stay stable on a driveway or whatever. see pic below:
And every day after work we cleaned the mixer and funnel and where ever else some cement might set and become a nuisance. My job then was to crawl into the mixer with a hose and wash it (I was still pretty small at that time), a fixed cylinder with arms spinning around inside to mix things up and the funnel (with a sliding top) on the bottom. Then one day, as I sat there hosing away the team foreman started the mixer by mistake, 2 seconds to mixed JakobA! I moved so fast i dont even know how and got out of the mixer before any of the mixing arms hit me. Then I yelled at the foreman very loud and he got very pale. After that we got a rule that whoever cleaned the mixer should have the starting key in his pocket before going in.
Meh :/ my job's kinda boring, but I go to a lot of meetings and there's always donuts and pasteries on table...So there's danger of gaining weight or getting diabetes...Or being so bored I stab my eye out with a pen... This counts , no? :)
I was working in a factory 16 yrs ago. I was putting the printing on a hose, I put my finger in the way and broke the tip of it. Split my finger open, I got stitches. My fingernail on my index finger is croocked to this day...
Dangerous places, offices. Twenty-some years ago an acquaintance -- an aging and alcoholic driving instructor -- decided to take a course in Tarot reading. He asked if he could read my cards and warned that I was going to have an accident at the office.
About six weeks later I was carrying a large carton, three-quarters filled with files down a flight of steps, and tripped. I took a nose dive down the rest of the flight and the box crushed under me, breaking my fall, so I only had a few bruises. My friend was so pleased!
I don't know if he continued in his career of harbinger-to-the-masses.
I was a Combat Engineer for the Army. Lot of explosive work and heavy equipment. Probably the most dangerous was as a Public Safety Diver. Diving in the Missouri river always ran the risk of submerged debris catching you or your tether line. Diving under the ice had some risk.
Mostly jobs where I was left alone in a store. I guess I could have been robbed or worse, but nothing ever happened. Also, long before Uber, I delivered rental cars to people's homes. This was even before cell phones (gasp!). Someone could have easily killed me and stuffed me in their crawlspace. I worked in a storeroom for a little bit. Guess a pallette could have fallen on me. But I don't know if anything beats the soul crushing depression of having to go to dead end jobs and knowing you will fail in the end.