The world’s most dangerous trades

Jobs are a necessity of life. Career security and a decent wage top the wish list of millions of people all over the world.

Whilst not everyone is in love with their job, the majority of us can relax in the knowledge that our working environment is safe and that every effort has been made to minimise both the likelihood and severity of accidents at work.

Sadly, that is not the case for everyone.

Which industries suffer the most accident at work claims?

There are a number of jobs where the risk of suffering a personal injury at work is substantially higher than the average. The following jobs are not for the faint-hearted.

Fishing / working at sea

Given the remote location and surrounding environment, it’s unsurprising to learn that workplace accidents on board a ship tend to have graver consequences than office accidents.

This is particularly the case for deep sea fishing, where heavy equipment often has to be moved and operated by hand, no matter the weather.


Similar to fishermen, loggers are expected to work no matter the weather. Again, the tools and equipment involved are heavy and the risk of a muscle strain or another form of industrial injury is never far away.

Loggers often use hand-held saws and, given the volume of their work, repetitive strain injury is a very real risk.


Construction site accidents often involve heavy and dangerous machinery. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that, despite the fact that construction accounts for only 10% of Britain’s workforce, it is responsible for almost a quarter of all reported accidents and injuries at work over the course of a year.


Aside from the obvious dangers and threats of workplace injuries that come from working with piping hot metal, welders also have to take significant hidden dangers into account.

Many of the fumes produced by the process of welding contain metallic oxides and other harmful substances. Therefore, great care needs to be taken that workers do not develop health problems in later life and suffer from an industry-related illness.

These are just four of the most hazardous trades to be involved in, but the truth is that accidents at work can happen anywhere.

If you suffer a personal injury at work that requires medical attention, Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether you are due compensation, then help win your case.

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