Security guards, as we would naturally conclude, are in a dangerous profession. Contrary to assumed logic they are not in the most dangerous job. Even police are not in the most dangerous job. Not even close. Police are #22 in a list of the top 25 most dangerous jobs, with 14 out of 100,000 workers having fatal injuries. The most dangerous job in the U.S. is logging, felling trees in forests. Security officers are a bit below police in the list.
However, in 2020, there were 90 security guards who died of covid-19, and there are more (though at a much lower rate) dying this year. There are 200,000 security officer personnel in California, the most populous state in the union. They’ve gone through a real gauntlet of abuse to outright threats and danger even as they’re trying to keep people safe from the pandemic by attempting to enforce covid-19 safety measures in the small or large venues they’re guarding. According to news reports they’ve been spat on, cursed, and assaulted by people who don’t want to follow the pandemic precautions. And in some cases across the country they’ve died in the line of duty.
Here at WWPro we salute our security guards and all security personnel across the country who do live a dangerous profession, and are placed in harms way (including a deadly virus) while trying to help people, and protect people and property.
They deserve the American public’s recognition and praise.
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