The UK's Top 10 Most Dangerous Industries to Work in

7th June 2019 Personal Injury

While looking for a job, it’s likely that would-be employees take the time to check what their perspective salary may be, along with their working hours and the length of their daily commute. However, for individuals working in some industries, it could be that mortality rates are also something to consider.

According to reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there are a number of professions that come with a higher risk of serious injury and illness. Using stats from the HSE, we have put together a list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the UK.

10) Vehicle Repair and Maintenance

Around 20% of workplace deaths that take place in the UK are linked to vehicles, and major injuries are also a regular occurrence in the ‘car handling sector’. The most common cause of injury within this sector is workers being hit by a moving object or vehicle.

9) Joining and Painting

The majority of the 28 workplace deaths in joining and painting were caused by falling, which was linked to a further 240 workplace fatalities in other sectors, according to data from 2011-2016.

8) Waste Management

In 2016-17, 14 people were killed while working in waste management. The average waste disposal technicianearns roughly £17,600 per year, making it the lowest-paid role on our list.

7) Civil engineering

Causing 14 deaths between 2011 and 2016, civil engineering is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Collapsed excavations, being hit by vehicles and coming into contact with electricity are just some of the causes of death reported.

6) Healthcare

The healthcare sector has the highest sickness rate in the UK, which stands at 4.6%. This alone makes the industry one of the UK’s most dangerous to work in. Work-related injury and stress are also major risk factors for healthcare professionals.

5) Manufacturing

Manufacturing work for products such as food, rubber, plastic, furniture and machinery caused 111 deaths between 2011-16. With a workplace injury rate of 2.4%, operating dangerous machinery or being struck by falling objects causes a number of injuries and deaths within the industry.

4) Lorry Driving

After falling from height, cars and lorries are among the biggest causes of workplace deaths. Weighing up to 44 tons, a heavy goods vehicle has the potential to be responsible for a considerable amount of damage if the driver loses control. Lorry driving was responsible for 38 deaths between 2011 and 2016, a number of these deaths were actually caused by other moving vehicles on the road.

3) Scaffolding and Roofing

Scaffolding is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, and falling or injuries sustained by falling account for 29% of all workplace deaths.

2) Construction

Some 196 deaths were reported in construction between 2011 and 2016. Half of deaths on building sites were the result of falling from height; however, falling objects are also a significant risk to builders.

1) Farming

Working from height, heavy machinery and working with potentially dangerous animals make farms an incredibly dangerous place to work. These hazards resulted in the deaths of 152 individuals between 2011-16.

If you have been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Get in touch with us today by calling 0800 054 6570, or by filling in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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Sam McElroy is a Partner located in Manchesterin our Personal Injury department

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