Many workplaces are inherently dangerous and unfortunately, many people each year are fatally injured in an accident at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released figures showing the number of fatal injuries in the workplace in 2014/15.
A total of 142 people suffered fatal injuries whilst at work in 2014/15. These are shocking figures in a modern workplace. From the statistics released from the HSE, here are some of the most dangerous jobs currently in the UK:
- Builders: building sites can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable places to work. With many different trades on site, as well as the use of machinery, it is unsurprising that it’s one of the most dangerous professions in the UK. In 2014/15 there were 35 fatal accidents in the construction industry. This is down from the five year average of 45 fatal deaths per year.
- Factory Workers and Manufacturers: heavy duty machinery plays a huge part in manufacturing and factory work. Machinery does pose risks to a worker’s safety, for example, if they are not properly used or maintained, or if dangerous parts of the machine are not adequately guarded. Last year 16 people were fatally injured in an accident in the manufacturing industry. This is down from the five year average of 24 fatal deaths per year.
- Rubbish Collectors: waste disposal and recycling can be an unpleasant job. But getting rid and disposing of our rubbish can also be extremely dangerous. A total of 5 people were killed in the waste disposal industry in 2014/15.
- Farmers: due to the seasonality of farming, many workers are temporary staff who aren’t fully trained for the job at hand. Plus with large farm machinery and unpredictable livestock, serious accidents can happen. There were a total of 33 people fatally injured whilst working in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry last year. This figure remained the same compared to the five year average.
- Mining and quarrying: despite only three pit coal mines remaining in the UK, it is still one of the most dangerous professions. There was only one worker killed in the mining and quarrying industry last year, however it has one of the largest percentage rates of fatal injuries to workers per 100,000 workers. The five years average is 5 fatal injuries per year.
Many accidents at work are preventable and it’s sad to think that many people lose their life every year due to avoidable accidents. All employers have a duty of care to keep their staff safe whilst they are at work, and if they fail in this duty of care, they can be held accountable for their actions.
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