It is probably safe to say that the most dangerous jobs are those that have the highest number of fatal accidents at work.
Health and Safety Executive data reveals that between the 1 April and 31 December 2015, 108 workers sustained fatal injuries at work. According to these statistics, the five most dangerous jobs, or industries, are:
- Construction: 32 fatalities
- Agriculture: 22 fatalities
- Manufacturing: 21 fatalities
- Water supply, waste, recycling and sewerage: 5 fatalities
- Extractive, electricity and gas supply: 4 fatalities
Within the service industry, the same period saw 24 fatal work injuries. Considering the fact that this industry is a combination of 14 sectors, services can, with an average of 1.7 fatalities per sector, be considered to be a comparatively ‘safe’ industry.
Preventing accidents in dangerous jobs
The law places a duty of care onto employers in all industries to take all necessary steps to prevent work accidents. This duty must be taken extremely seriously in inherently dangerous jobs if serious or fatal workplace injuries are to be prevented.
When tragedy strikes
If you are seriously injured or, worse still, if you lose a loved one in a no-fault workplace accident, you could be entitled to file a work injury claim against the responsible party.
While claiming for industrial injury compensation will by no means ease your pain and grief, it could help with the financial burden that has been put onto you and your family as a result of your injury or loss.
Preventing similar tragedies
What’s more, a compensation claim may lead to an inquiry into how such a tragic accident at work could happen. This may ultimately help to prevent similar accidents in the workplace from happening in the future.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe you may have a case for work injury compensation, you should have a confidential chat with one of our sympathetic advisors.
Helpful, friendly and sensitive, our advisors will be able to help you confirm your eligibility to claim and ensure a suitable in-house solicitor, with years of experience in handling claims similar to yours, will be assigned to your case.
You will be under no obligation to pursue a claim at any point, although we highly recommend you do go ahead with a claim for the reasons given above. To speak to an advisor, just call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice