Sun, Nov 14, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Workers will do high risk jobs if the price is right

RISK TAKERS While most workers say they are prepared to do dangerous jobs, few actually take workplace safety into consideration

CNA , TAIEI

Nearly 53 percent of workers in Taiwan will accept high-risk jobs if the price is right, according to the results of a survey released by the 1111 Job Bank yesterday.

The survey was conducted between Oct. 28 and Nov. 12 on 1,300 workers, with a margin of error of 2.7 percent.

As to why a person would take a high-risk job, 42.38 percent of the respondents said these jobs usually offer high pay, 39.92 percent said they would earn big money in a short period of time, 30 percent said this would help them through the hard times of unemployment, and 24.23 percent said these jobs would enrich their life experience.

The top-10 high-risk professions named by the respondents were high-voltage electricity engineering, chemical manufacturing, high-rise window cleaning, quarry blasting, fire-fighting, oil and propane delivery, being a police officer, stunt performing, medical waste disposal, and mining.

As to the degree of risk involving their present jobs, the respondents graded an average of 3.84 on a 10-point scale.

Those respondents from the medical and biochemical sectors consider their professions the most dangerous (4.7 points), followed by those working in the traditional manufacturing sector (4.3 points) and dining, tourism and entertainment sectors (4.1 points).

The survey found that less than 20 percent of the workers will take workplace safety into consideration in picking their jobs, with 61 percent citing career development as their priority.

Also, more than 50 percent of the respondents are unaware of the fact that workers in some high-risk professions are not entitled to insurance because of rejection by insurance companies, according to the survey.

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