“Running across freight car roofs to engage the brakes on each car as quickly as possible was a hazardous affair. In winter the planks atop the freight cars would be slippery with ice and snow. Furthermore, tracks were not always aligned horizontally resulting a rolling motion as the cars passed over uneven areas of track. At a height of 12 or 14 feet above the track grade, the rolling was much magnified and posed a grave danger to the unlucky brakeman riding atop the freight car. In the worst case, the brakeman would be thrown to his death underneath the wheels of the train.”
AND THIS WAS ONLY THE HALF OF IT. Read all about this dangerous work at: http://www.neversinkmuseum.org/Autumn09.html
What about you? Have you ever had a job that was hazardous to your health? Or is writing killing you?