Accidents in the workplace are worryingly commonplace in the UK and in some tragic cases can prove fatal.
Latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that 148 workers were fatally injured in 2012/13.
In the main the data does show a certain levelling-off over the course of the last five years, however, with no discernible trend in work-based fatalities.
Agriculture, forestry and fishing remains in the top spot as the riskiest industrial sector, accounting for one in five fatal injuries to workers.
A total of 29 workers in this sector tragically lost their lives between 2012 and 2013. Half of this figure were farmers and another 17% were farm workers, while five deaths were caused by animals and five more due to drowning or asphyxiation.
Construction, meanwhile, also remains among the most dangerous job types in the UK.
Thirty-nine people died in the construction industry between 2012 and 2013, the majority of them in falls from height.
Waste and recycling also remains a risky line of employment – 10 people died in the collecting, treating and disposing of waste between 2012 and 2013.
Danger in unexpected occupations
The HSE figures suggest that some occupations which seem safe and sedentary at first sight have also proved to be fraught with peril.
The retail industry for instance may appear a safe place to be, but data proves this is actually not the case.
Although there were no fatal injuries recorded in the retail industry between 2012 and 2013, there were almost 7,000 injuries reported in total – of which 1,619 were classed as major injuries that left workers severely hurt.
Car salesmen and perhaps more credibly car mechanics, are also apparently at risk in their jobs with eight deaths recorded between 2012 and 2013, while education is the most injury prone sector with 1,736 people reporting major injuries over the 12-month period.
If you’ve been injured in an accident a work that wasn’t your fault, then you could be able to make a personal injury claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you get the maximum possible amount of accident compensation you deserve.
Date Published: June 20, 2014
Author: David Brown