According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 28 million working days were lost due to injury and accidents at work in 2013/14. Some jobs carry greater risk that others and here are 10 examples of the most dangerous careers in the world:
- Mining: mining carries a very high risk of work-related illnesses and injuries. Examples of types of mining accident include; dust explosions, rock falls, flooding, exposure to harmful gases and collapse of mine chutes.
- Agriculture: a leading industry in many parts of the world, working in agriculture carries a risk of injuries caused by animals, machinery and moving vehicles, asphyxiation and drowning. The farming, fishing and forestry industry accounts for more fatalities in the UK than any other industry.
- Construction: common construction accidents include; falling from height, injuries caused by vibrating tools and faulty machinery, slips and trips and collisions with moving vehicles.
- Driving: every time you drive, you run the risk of road traffic accidents. Even if you are the most experienced and skilled driver, there is still a chance that you may be involved in a car accident. Most crashes are caused by human errors, such as speeding and failing to look.
- Deep sea fishing: deep sea fishermen face high winds, powerful waves and freezing temperatures to get their catch. Of particular note in the danger stakes is fishing for Alaskan crab, which tops the list of many ‘world’s most dangerous jobs’ lists.
- Bush pilot: pilots working out in the bush have a much more dangerous job on their hands than commercial pilots. The planes are smaller and harder to control and pilots have treacherous terrain and changeable weather conditions to contend with.
- Logging: felling trees has long been considered one of the most hazardous jobs around. Working with powerful, potentially dangerous tools combined with long hours and the potential for tall, heavy trees to fall in your path, makes for a more dangerous than average day at work
- Land mine removal: often a role for those working in the military, this career path subjects workers to a very real possibility of serious and potentially fatal work injuries, including loss of limbs and paralysis.
- Sanitation and waste disposal: working in sanitation and waste disposal carries a high risk of developing infectious diseases and health problems caused by exposure to hazardous substances.
- Search and rescue: search and rescue teams are called in when people go missing or become injured, usually in remote or coastal areas. They risk their lives on a regular basis to try and save others.
If you’ve been injured at work and you’d like to find out about claiming work accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today.