Six Industries More Dangerous Than You Think!

When we think of dangerous jobs, we typically envisage a sturdy construction worker penetrating his heavy-duty drill into the ground - perhaps a neoprene-clad deep sea diver in amongst a herd of sharks or a fearless stuntman jumping through fire and rolling under a lorry for the latest blockbuster. Yikes!

But what about cleaners or fishermen – would you consider their jobs dangerous?

The following statistics have been taken from the Health and Safety Executive in relation to UK employees. Some may surprise you!

The industries are in ranking order (debatable) of potential danger:

1. Hairdressing

Before you start picturing a disastrous scene involving a pair of scissors and a finger, around 70% of hairdressers mainly suffer with occupational dermatitis as a result of their job. This can be caused by using certain products and constantly washing hair. It’s preventable with the use of gloves, but if endured for a long time, it can be painful and distressing. If you are in the industry, make sure your employer reduces the risk of exposure to harmful substances in the workplace!

2. Cleaning

As expected, with regular use of cleaning products, occupational dermatitis is also common. With mopping and reaching high, intricate places to make every inch spotless, there comes the risk of having a slip, trip or fall, which can be nasty! Serious injuries could lead to being unable to work and potential loss of earnings – which no one needs.

Repeating the same actions daily could also put you at risk of RSI – see our blog for more information on this. In a survey carried out last year by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding interior cleaners, 74% said they had suffered muscular aches, pains and discomfort because of their job. This puts them more at risk of musculoskeletal disorders(MSDs). Be sure to take regular breaks and avoid doing the same movement for too long! The same goes for those working in places such as offices and call centres.

3. Waste and Recycling

This industry covers a range of job roles; refuse collection, processing and sorting rubbish, and disposal of energy from waste. There are more risks involved than you may think, including musculoskeletal disorders, which account for one third of all injuries in the industry, noise-induced hearing loss, which can occur during glass collections or constantly being around loud process machinery.

In worse cases, asbestos-related diseases could also be inflicted on workers later on in life – with those who might have come across the hazardous material through disturbing it. Any asbestos waste should be discarded accordingly in line with the Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency

4. Entertainment and Leisure

High noise levels in this industry could lead to industrial hearing loss if adequate protection isn’t used. With stage sets rife with equipment and cables galore, there are the added risks of falling and potentially being struck by falling apparatus if they’re not properly secure.

As well as workers, other people can be affected. One victim was taken to hospital after an incident in Adele’s concert in March 2016, Glasgow – a chain fell from lighting equipment into the crowd. So if you’re lucky enough to be heading to Radio One’s Big Weekend at the end of the week, stay safe!!

5. Food and Drink Manufacture

While injury isn’t caused by excessive snacking and filling up on fizzy pop on the job, more than 5000 injuries occur in this industry; 90% happen in food manufacture and 10% in the drinks sector. Major injuries include broken bones, hospitalisation after falling from height or because of machinery, lifting and handling heavy objects and being hit by falling objects such as hand-knives. The odd 0.4% of those were injured by an animal (hippo ate farmer)! In some instances, food poisoning may occur too.

6. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

In 2016/17, there were 30 fatalities including three members of the public; most of those occurred as a result of being struck by farm vehicles. Every year, around 15,000 workers in this industry suffer from a work-related illness – musculoskeletal disorders accounting for 45% of those and 14% of fatal injuries occurred from being injured by an animal.

Other work-related illnesses include farmer’s lung (a type of pneumonitis caused by ingesting dust from mouldy hay), occupational asthma, skin disease and occupation cancer (as a result of exposure to the sun).

 

An Employer’s Duty of Care

All jobs involve risks to a certain degree. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that appropriate risk assessments have been carried out. If any risks are detected, then it is their duty to record them and take immediate measures to lower the risks as much as possible.

Likewise, if you notice a hazard in your workplace or feel you have been affected, let your employer know straight away so that they can take action.

If you’ve had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault and you feel that the duty of care was breached, call us free today at Cute Injury to receive advice or just more information. There is no obligation with us!

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