No job is entirely accident-free, however, it is also true to say that the rate of accidents at work are significantly lower in some occupations than others.
What is a safe job?
It’s hard to define what exactly constitutes a safe job as some injuries are more specific to certain industries than others. For example, it is much more likely for a construction worker to develop vibration white finger than someone working in a call centre. Yet, someone in a call centre may be at a higher risk of developing a repetitive strain injury.
Here are some contenders for the UK’s five safest careers.
- Call centre workers: As stated, a call centre worker may be at risk of a repetitive strain injury or industrial deafness caused by a loud headset, for example, however, this considered a call centre is a relatively safe environment to work in.
- Freelance writer: The advantage of working freelance is that it is possible to work from the comfort of your own home. Although it may also be possible to develop a repetitive strain injury from ensuring tight deadlines are met, the risk of other accidents such as slips, trips and falls is significantly lower.
- University lecturer: Although university lecturers typically work long hours and a high level of qualifications and experience is required, reports of injuries among university lecturers are quite low. This, however, can also depend on the precise area of expertise, as some lecturers who work in sciences may be more exposed to injury than other lecturers.
- IT Technician: IT technicians are exposed to accidents of a similar nature as call centre workers, such as repetitive strain injury, but the overall rate of accidents among workers in the IT sector is comparatively low.
- Solicitor/barrister: At Accident Advice Helpline we know just how hard our expert legal team works but thankfully those employed in the legal sector benefit from a relatively low rate of occupational accidents.
Claiming compensation for a work-related injury
As we’ve established, no job can be considered to be entirely accident-free. Even though the above professions may carry a lower risk of serious or fatal injury when compared with other employment sectors, it does not mean that genuinely serious injuries cannot occur in these jobs.
If you’ve been injured at work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice