Seven most dangerous jobs in the UK

"It's worth following safety instructions and keeping your eyes peeled"
  • | by Amy Smith

Getting up early, the morning routine, The Commute, working, lunch, more working and The Commute Home are all part of the daily grind. But have you ever stopped to think: how dangerous is my job?

While you may not be a tree surgeon, install electrical powerlines or pilot a plane, every job has its risks and, sadly, some work-related accidents end up being fatal. 

In fact, there were 144 deaths between 2017-2018 from work-related injuries.[1] 

So, what are the UK’s most dangerous jobs? Let’s take a look…

1) Construction


It probably comes as no surprise that the construction industry comes out on top as the most dangerous sector in the UK. 

With 38 deaths between 2017-18, you’ll need that hard hat if you fancy going into the business of building. 

The main kind of fatal accident for workers across all sectors was falling from a height – something that can be very risky in construction if the correct measures aren’t taken. 

2) Agriculture


Think farming is all rolling hills and lush green land? Agriculture actually comes in second as the sector with the most deaths. 

There were 29 fatalities in the agriculture sector last year, and nine of the overall 144 deaths were caused by an animal-related injury.

Agriculture also accounts for a massive 44% of self-employed fatal injuries over the last five years – yikes! 

3) Manufacturing


There’s usually lots of machinery and tools involved in the manufacturing process, whether a product is hand-crafted or sent through a maze of machines.  

In the manufacturing industry, 15 fatalities occurred between 2017-18, placing in at number three on our list of dangerous occupations. 

And 13 out of the total 144 deaths were due to contact with moving machinery, so it’s worth following safety instructions and keeping your eyes peeled around any moving mechanisms. 

4) Transportation and storage


It’s plain to see the dangers in transportation, from moving passengers, services or freight, but how dangerous can supervising a storage warehouse be?

Transportation and storage actually comes in at a joint third with manufacturing. 

There were 15 fatalities in transportation and storage sector last year and, out of the overall 144 deaths, 84 were caused by a fall, being hit by a vehicle or a moving object. 

5) Waste and recycling


Working with waste product and sorting through our rubbish isn’t the most pleasant of jobs, so we take our hats off to you! 

Waste and recycling is the 5th most dangerous sector in the UK, with 12 deaths in 2017-18. 

Out of the most common reasons for accidents at work, we think the four slips, trips or falls on the same level were likely in this industry. Although we don’t want to think about exactly what these workers may be slipping in… 

6) Communication, business services and finance


Out of the 114 total fatalities, 11 were in communication, business services and finance. 

Out of all the main sectors, the rate of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in this industry is relatively low, at 0.16, when compared with other sectors like construction (1.64) and waste and recycling (10.26). 

7) Other industries 


The other 31 fatal injuries occurred in various sectors, including retail, administration, entertainment and recreation, and water collection. 

Of the 31 other industry fatalities, four were related to mining and quarrying, which is surprisingly fewer than deaths in wholesale and retail (eight) and administration (five).  

Public pitfalls

Even if you're not working in dangerous environments, remember to take care. 100 members of the public were killed because of work-related accident between 2017-18. 

Of course, we’re not saying this to turn you into a hermit - fatalities at work are few and far between. 

Just remember to take care! 

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