Accidents at work are one of the most common forms of injury that we, at Accident Advice Helpline, encounter. Unfortunately, accidents in the workplace are indiscriminate about where and when they occur, and on whom they befall.
An accident at your job can occur right across the employment spectrum, from musicians to face painters. Here are, statistically, the top five most dangerous trades in the UK:
- Construction: Heights, power tools, hazardous materials and chemicals, it’s of little surprise that construction makes any list when it comes to the most dangerous trades. In fact, construction takes the unenviable top spot for the occupation with the highest fatality rate with 46 fatalities occurring in 2014, according to statistics published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
- Agriculture: Some people may ask, what’s so dangerous about agriculture? The truth is that there are a myriad of hazards awaiting anyone who works in the trade. Like construction workers, agricultural workers often work with dangerous chemicals and unpredictable livestock. 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 and recycling: Working in waste & recycling exposes employees to a number of serious health and safety risks. Among these are, exposure to harmful chemicals, slips, trips & falls and lacerations from sharp objects.
- Mining and quarrying: Although the mining and quarrying trades have declined significantly in recent years in the UK, they still remain among the most dangerous trades. Working in mining & quarrying exposes workers to significant amounts of dust and noise-related pollution. According to the HSE, four people were fatally injured in 2014 as a result of mining and quarrying activities, including a member of a public.
- Manufacturing: Working in close proximity with 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.
Do you work in one of these trades? Have you suffered a work-related injury?
Thankfully, due to today’s rigorous and robust health and 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 three 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: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice