Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More on ignoble professions

An earlier post compared noble professions (such as police officers and firefighters) to ignoble professions (such as garbage collectors). There's another comparison between these professions, shared by Heather Horn of the Atlantic:

Sanitation workers, it turns out, have twice the fatality rates of police officers, and nearly seven times the fatality rates of firefighters.

And, despite some high profile cases (the Challenger, the Newtown shootings), sanitation workers have a much higher fatality rate than teachers.

But it's also appropriate for me to condemn myself. In a previous post, I asserted that the proposals industry is one of the few industries that is forced to honor a deadline. Let's add sanitation workers to that list:

You can't telecommute as a sanitation worker. You can't say, "Oh, I'll do it tomorrow." Yeah, you will do it tomorrow, but you'll also do it today. And the day after that, and the day after that.
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