At Accident Advice Helpline, accidents at work are one of the most common forms of injury that are reported to us. An accident in your workplace can be extremely dangerous and unfortunately are indiscriminate to whom they befall and when they occur. Work-related injuries are common right across the employment spectrum, from mime artists to machinery operators. The question remains though, which industries reside at the top of the list of most dangerous occupations?
Working in the construction industry takes the unenviable top spot for the occupation with the highest fatality rate with 46 deaths occurring in 2014, according to statistics published by the HSE.
The dangers of agriculture may not be obvious at first but the truth is that there are a myriad of hazards awaiting anyone who works in the trade. Agricultural workers often work with dangerous chemicals and unpredictable livestock, in fact more people are killed each year by cows than shark attacks. In addition, many work with heavy loads and near heights such as pits and silos, increasing the chance of a serious slip, trip or fall.
- Waste & recycling:
Working in waste & recycling exposes employees to a number of serious health & safety risks. Among these are, exposure to harmful chemicals, slips, trips & falls and lacerations from sharp objects.
- Mining & quarrying:
Any employee who works in the mining & quarrying sectors is often exposed to risks such as severe dust pollution. According to the HSE, 4 people were fatally injured in 2014 as a result of mining & quarrying activities, including a member of a public.
Working in close proximity of industrial machinery means that employees in the manufacturing industry rank high on the list of dangerous trades. Coupled with the high productivity demands placed on workers, this significantly increases the chances of an injury sustained in the course of their work.
Suffered a work-related injury? Accident Advice Helpline are here to help
Thankfully, due to rigorous and robust health & safety policies, the number of workers being fatally or severely injured in the workplace is continuously decreasing. However, there are still clear and ever present dangers in the occupations mentioned above. If you work in any of these sectors and have been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault and it occurred within the last 3 years, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice