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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The UK’s safest trades


    Work accidents can and will happen within any given industry. Some occupations are, however, a little safer than others.

    According to the statistics revealed by the 2011/12 RIDDOR Table for recorded work injuries by major occupational groups in accordance with injury severity, those working in secretarial and administrative occupations are without a doubt the least likely individuals to receive injuries.

    Let’s take a closer look at some of these statistics. The figures shown are rates of injury per every 100,000 employees and illustrate the UK’s safest trades, as well as those which are the most dangerous.

    All reported Injuries through accidents at work

    • Secretarial and Administrative occupations – 129.4
    • Professional Occupations – 150.6
    • Directors, Managers and Senior Officials – 154.2
    • Technical and Associate Professional Occupations – 289.2
    • Customer Service and Sales Occupations – 323.9
    • Leisure, Caring and other Services – 598.2
    • Skilled Trades – 750.4
    • Elementary Occupations (see note below) – 847.2
    • Unspecified Occupations – 1052.3
    • Machine, Plant and Process Operatives – 1505.5
    • Average across all occupations – 445.9

    Elementary occupations are non-specified occupations within plant processing, services, construction and agriculture.

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    Fatal injuries at work

    • Secretarial and Administrative occupations – 0
    • Customer Service and Sales Occupations – under 0.1
    • Professional Occupations – under 0.1
    • Leisure, Caring and other Services – 0.1
    • Directors, Managers and Senior Officials – 0.2
    • Technical and Associate Professional Occupations – 0.2
    • Elementary Occupations – 0.9
    • Skilled Trades – 1.9
    • Machine, Plant and Process Operatives – 2.3
    • Unspecified Occupations – 2.7
    • Average across all occupations – 0.5

    Major non-fatal workplace injuries

    • Professional Occupations – 35.1
    • Secretarial and Administrative occupations – 35.8
    • Directors, Managers and Senior Officials – 50.3
    • Technical and Associate Professional Occupations – 56.3
    • Customer Service and Sales Occupations – 63.7
    • Leisure, Caring and other Services – 108.5
    • Elementary Occupations – 148.5
    • Skilled Trades – 161.0
    • Unspecified Occupations – 271.3
    • Machine, Plant and Process Operatives – 294.2
    • Average across all occupations – 89.9

    Workplace injuries over three days

    • Secretarial and Administrative occupations – 93.6
    • Directors, Managers and Senior Officials – 103.7
    • Professional Occupations – 115.5
    • Technical and Associate Professional Occupations – 232.7
    • Customer Service and Sales Occupations – 260.1
    • Leisure, Caring and other Services – 489.6
    • Skilled Trades – 587.5
    • Elementary Occupations – 697.8
    • Unspecified Occupations – 778.3
    • Machine, Plant and Process Operatives – 1209.0
    • Average across all occupations – 355.5

    You can clearly see information on the UK’s safest trades from the statistics, along with those which are a little more risky and some of the results may be surprising.

    Claiming for compensation

    The above figures clearly show that while some occupations are somewhat safer than others, major and three-day+ injuries, even deaths, can occur in just about any job. If you suffered an injury at work, you may well be entitled to claim compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline advisers are available 24/7 and will quickly determine whether you are eligible or not. Calls to the free-phone number are confidential and free.

    No matter whether you work in the UK’s safest trades or not, you should always be alert and aware of any potential hazards.

    Date Published: October 21, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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