Every profession carries a risk of accidents at work, but statistically, some jobs are more dangerous than others. Here are some of the most dangerous careers in the UK.
The most dangerous careers in the UK
According to the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive, these are the most dangerous careers in the UK:
- Agriculture: Farmers work long hours, their incomes often fluctuate and they are exposed to all kinds of hazards during a normal working day. In 2014/2015, there were 33 deaths related to work accidents and work-related injuries in the agriculture industry.
- Construction: Construction workers use powerful tools and machinery and encounter hazardous environments as part of their day-to-day job; they may also be exposed to harmful substances and chemicals. There were 35 deaths related to construction accidents in 2014/2015.
- Heavy goods transportation: Driving any distance carries a risk of road traffic accidents and HGV drivers often sit behind the wheel for long periods of time and cover hundreds of miles every week.
- Manufacturing: Working with heavy machinery is the main risk in the manufacturing industry; last year, 16 people died working in manufacturing.
- Healthcare: Caring for others exposes you to illness on a daily basis; added to long and antisocial hours, healthcare workers are at risk of many different types of work injury and work-related illnesses, from coughs and colds to potentially deadly infectious diseases.
The most common work accidents and injuries
The most common types of work accident and illness include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Driving accidents
- Accidents involving machinery
- Being struck by moving vehicles or objects
- Repetitive strain injury
- Falls from height
- Back pain
Can I claim compensation for a work accident?
Work accident compensation may be awarded in cases where workers are injured or develop an illness as a result of unsafe working conditions or an accident, which occurred as a result of negligence on the part of the employer. The incident must have occurred within the last 3 years and you should have evidence to support your claim.
If you’ve been involved in an accident at work and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to talk through your work injury claim with our friendly advisors; the lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown