Africa is a fascinating and diverse continent. It is, however, also a place fraught with dangerous jobs. Health and safety at work is a concept that seems to have made few inroads in a number of areas, and serious accidents at work are commonplace for many employees.
The consequent workplace injuries range from the minor to the severely debilitating and, in the worst case scenario, fatalities. These industries are among the worst repeat offenders.
Accidents at work and dangerous jobs in Africa
According to News24, 128 miners lost their lives while working in South Africa in 2010. While the main cause of these fatalities were seismic movements and explosions, the bloody shootout in Johannesburg last year demonstrates that tensions between workers and those in authority remain on a knife-edge.
It’s no secret that many areas on the African continent are rife with crime and corruption. It’s also an unfortunate but inescapable truth that an honest law-enforcer faces as much threat from those they supposedly work with and for, than the criminals whom they are trying to catch.
Corruption runs right to the very top in many African countries and sometimes the only option is to play the game.
Though the rangers themselves may be experts, their safety is often dependent on the actions of the tourist groups they escort. When you work with lions, leopards and rhinos, accidents at work tend to be serious.
Those who run shark diving tours and similar are also at an almost constant risk of severe workplace injuries should something go wrong. The unpredictable element of nature can be as dangerous as it is thrilling.
Taxi driving as dangerous jobs
While many of the roads in South Africa were improved ahead of the 2010 World Cup, conditions elsewhere on the continent are often nothing short of hazardous. The presence of perilous pot-holes, dusty dirt tracks and the often extremely dangerous driving of others means the threat of a road traffic accident constantly looms large.
Where blame can be apportioned, accidents at work from dangerous jobs are often followed by claims for work injury compensation. To this end it is important to seek expert advice.
Accident Advice Helpline have a dedicated freephone service available 24 hours a day where experienced professionals can help guide you through your claim and explain the process, should you decide to press ahead with your work injury claim.
With over 10 years’ experience, they know what success takes.
Date Published: November 5, 2013
Author: David Brown