Overseas Civilian Contractors

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Reckless or Reliable, the people who work with danger

There can be heavy financial costs when things go wrong.

In 2008, the US Department of Labor reported the cost of accidents in the US to be $1bn (£0.64bn) a week in both direct and indirect costs.

BBC Business News  January 12, 2012

A typical day would start with meeting the bodyguards, getting into the armoured car, and zooming off to one of the ministries. A place with so much violence – but with such hospitable people – is intriguing.”

Not the sort of working environment you would associate with a chartered accountant, but Adam Bates specialises in forensic accounting for KPMG, and was on the trail of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s missing oil-for-food millions in Baghdad.

Adam says: “You sit in the armoured car in your pinstriped suit with your briefcase on your knee with the bodyguards around you – a big grin on your face.”

Accountancy would not be the profession that sprang to mind if you were asked to name a dangerous job.

How about Jesse James’s profession: “I spent 16 years as a bomb disposal expert in the army before joining MAG (Mines Advisory Group) International in 2004 in mine clearance. Since then I’ve worked on the Iraq programme, as well as in Lebanon and South Sudan.”

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January 12, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues, War Hazards Act | , , , ,

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