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Forum Post: According to a frontline report the most dangerous job in america pays $10/hr

Posted 1 year ago on May 23, 2012, 11:20 a.m. EST by writerconsidered123 (344)
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I watched a frontline report last night on cell tower workers. apparently about 50 workers have been killed in the last 10 years. That's a pretty dangerous job in my view.

The big cell phone companies hire out all there work to subcontractors who then do the same and so on and so forth. By the time the worker climbs a tower he's making $10/hr. That's sad when I consider the fact that I can make more then that racking leaves.

On top of that safety is compromised for speed. The cell phone companies get to dictate schedules without the consequence of liability because the workers don't work for them. Primarily workers are not tieing off on the towers. One wrong step and it's 200ft plunge.

Once apon a time in america this kind of job would be a union job, you would work directly for the company that was doing the work and safety regulations were followed. And you made a decent wage.

What's a decent wage for this kind of job? I'm thinking maybe $25-$35 an hour, certainly not $10 an hour.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

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[-] 1 points by dan1984 (108) from Cumberland, MD 1 year ago

it's amazing what is legal in this country. That's what you get when the big companies control Washington. When the unions came in and started to make the companies more responsible, the companies just went to their cronies in D.C. and had them pass laws to relieve them of said responsibility. Or they got their cronies into top union positions, as is the case with where I work.

[-] 0 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 1 year ago

I thought that meatpacking workers had the most dangerous jobs in America. Still, its a shame that those of us who do the most perilous work don't get the rewards that someone sitting at a desk playing with Excel does...