Hairdressers and beauticians are the most likely to suffer a work injury, a survey shows.
They top the list of the most injury prone workers in Britain, ahead of electricians, plumbers and police officers.
Construction remains the UK’s most dangerous industry, accounting for a third of all workplace deaths, according to Confused.com.
Service industries, such as shops, restaurants, banking and transport, are responsible for just under a quarter of fatalities, while agriculture is another of the most dangerous professions, accounting for a fifth of work deaths.
On average, 140 people die every year in the workplace, while a quarter are injured while doing their job.
Of those injured, a third required medical attention and a 10th had to undergo surgery. More than one in 20 had a ‘life changing’ injury.
The most common injury was cuts, which account for over two fifths of workplace injuries. This was followed by sprains, burns and broken bones.
The biggest cause of workers injuring themselves was tripping over equipment, followed by walking into something and accidents involving machinery.
Some people revealed specific injuries in the poll, including being run over by a forklift truck, stapling their own thumb and being assaulted by an offender during an arrest.
Perceptions of dangerous jobs
The results of the survey go against commonly held perceptions of what the public believes the most perilous professions to be, says Confused.com. Two thirds think firefighters or Army personnel have the most dangerous job in the UK.
Only half identified the construction industry as the most dangerous profession to work in.
The data also revealed that nearly 50% of respondents said they are the main breadwinner for their family. Two in five workers who have injured themselves in their job said they have been left unable to work because of that injury.
Of those who could not work, nearly one in 20 said they were off work for 28 weeks or more – the upper limit for statutory sick pay.
Date Published: November 1, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown