Every job carries its own unique risks, even the jobs you’d least expect. Even the humble office worker is at risk of spilling a hot coffee, being electrocuted by poorly wired equipment or suffering a bad back from sitting down for extended periods of time.
However, there are some occupations that are inherently more dangerous, yet people still take on those risks by carrying out these jobs each and every day.
So, what are the most dangerous jobs in Britain?
Lorry/Commercial Vehicle Drivers
You may be forgiven for thinking that lorry driving is a relatively low-risk occupation. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, road injuries are the single biggest killer of workers in the UK. Every year, around 54,000 work vehicles are involved in accidents on Britain’s roads.
There are around 2.4million construction workers in the UK, and in 2010/2011 there were 50 fatal injuries. It goes without saying that construction workers undergo one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.
There are many different subsectors within the construction industry, each with their own individual risks.
Offshore Oil/Gas Riggers
Workers on offshore oil and gas rigs have an incredibly dangerous job. These rigs are prone to explosions at any time and leave workers with very little option for evacuation.
British oil rigs have been featured in the news of late, with a string of helicopter accidents, during the transportation of workers to the rigs. This is just another of the risks taken by rig workers.
Deep-sea fishermen face huge risks every single day that they’re at sea. Open to the elements and often huge distances away from the safety of land, fishermen certainly have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.
Hi profile individuals will often require the services of a professional bodyguard or a team of bodyguards. These highly trained people will have to put their lives on the line to protect the client at all costs. Although there are relatively few deaths, the danger is ever-present.
Perhaps one of the most dangerous occupations we’ve mentioned – firefighters put their lives on the line, unknowing of what dangers lie ahead when they respond to an emergency.