The 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in the UK
Public liability insurance should be considered a must-have for any business owner, but in some industries it would be ludicrous to not invest in a policy. If a member of the public is injured as a result of coming into contact with your company, you could face an enormous lawsuit. If you invest in a good public liability insurance policy, you will be covered.
To give you an idea of what some industries that are likely to need public liability insurance the most, we at Cuuver have been looking at some of the most dangerous jobs in the UK.
- Garage Workers
Garage workers are exposed to numerous risks on a daily basis. Obviously, things like exhaust fumes pose a significant health risk, but those who also have to deal with callouts are even more at risk, as this means doing repairs on the roadside or even by the motorway. Considering that the leading cause of workplace deaths is being struck by a motor vehicle, repairing a vehicle while other vehicles fly past you at over 60mph is far from a safe haven.
- Lorry Drivers
Knowing that vehicles and heavy machinery are two major sources of workplace injury, it comes as no surprise that lorry driving is a particularly dangerous occupation. The long and lonely hours at the wheel lorry drivers regularly experience make for a pretty tiring working day. Unsurprisingly, tiredness is the leading cause of deaths in accidents involving lorry drivers.
- Waste Collector
Waste collection is another occupation where vehicles and heavy machinery pose significant and sometimes fatal risks to workers. Waste collectors are particularly at risk to being hit by a vehicle, which goes without saying given that the main part of their role is to step out into roads collecting and returning bins. It should also be no surprise in an industry exposed to so many banana skins that slips and trips are a common injury source. There is also a high sick rate due to the regular exposure to the illnesses and bacteria carried in waste bins.
The working conditions that farmers endure aren’t just unpleasant, they are genuinely dangerous. You might not consider it to be that unsafe of a job, but there were reportedly 167 deaths in the agriculture industry in 2016, and when you look at the statistics, it becomes obvious as to why that number is so high. Farmers are often in contact with harmful chemicals and are reliant on heavy machinery, which is accountable for almost a fifth of workplace deaths. The animals they work with can be lethal as well, they have been responsible for almost thirty deaths this decade.
- Construction Worker
Construction is the UK’s most dangerous industry. Over a million working days have been lost due to injury in the construction industry since 2013, and that’s not including the 43 builders that died on the job, last year. It ticks most of the boxes when it comes to potentially deadly workplace hazards: heavy machinery, lifting heavy objects, being hit by falling heavy objects, and of course, falling from heights, which is the second most common cause of deaths in the workplace in the UK.
This should not be construed as advice and is guidance only.