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5 of the Deadliest Professions in the UK


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A study conducted by the Health & Safety Executive has shown that a more people have died in the workplace than British soldiers in Afghanistan since 2001 – a startling statistic which shows how there is still some work to be done to ensure safety measures are met. With the exclusion of road accidents on the way to workplaces to account for, here are the five jobs where you might want to be extra careful.

5. Garage Workers

When you consider all that could go wrong in a busy garage, it’s not much of a surprise that it makes this list. Eight mechanics and car salespeople died over the 2012-2013 period; be sure to take precautions if you’re getting involved in this field.

4. Refuse Collectors

Considering their job consists of collecting potentially dangerous waste from homes across the country, 117 working days were lost due to workplace injuries along with the ten people that died over the course of 2012 and 2013. 

3. Farmers

When you consider the machinery that farmers have to operate and the potentially volatile nature of animals, it should be no surprise that agriculture is a dangerous industry to work in. However, more surprising is that animals only caused five deaths, the other 24 were due to industrial accidents. This illustrates that more work needs to be done to ensure farm safety.

2. Builders

One of the most predictably dangerous jobs to make this list, but it’s worth mentioning that it can be hard to predict accidents on a building sites. Although many companies meet health and safety guidelines amicably, failings with working at height training have claimed the lives of thirty-nine workers during 2012-2013.

1. Miners

A small but fiercely dangerous industry to be involved in. Although the numbers of mining pits in the UK is dwindling, accidents are still a big factor for miners and they resulted in three deaths during the course of 2012-2013. Miners are most at risk out of everyone else on this list because at a rate of almost ten workers killed per 100,000, they have the unwanted distinction of being in the deadliest industry in Britain.

The same study showed that accident rates continue to drop and are now less than one person in 100,000 suffering a workplace injury each year on average. Let’s hope that when the statistics are released for 2013-2014 that the numbers look even more promising.

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