How Dangerous Is Your Life?, a new tool which calculates risk based on data from the Office for National Statistics, Department for Transport, Health and Safety Executive and the CIA, suggests that construction is roughly only as dangerous as working in retail.
The site allows users to learn how high their risk of injury or death over the next 12 months is, based on their job, commute, hobbies and sports, holiday destinations and even their pet. Although construction is seen by some as a dangerous occupation, the risk of being injured or killed on the job is 0.22%, .01% higher than retail. By contrast, logistics has a 0.63% rate of danger – the highest of any profession. This is followed by mining, quarrying, energy and water supply at 0.49%.
Other factors are considered more significant for possible risk – car drivers have only a 0.15% chance of injury and death during commute while motorcyclists have almost 20 times the risk at 2.91%. The most significant factor by far is sport, especially American football (18.8%) and ice hockey (15.9%). UK-style football is more forgiving with 9.3%, while golfers earn the bragging right of a mere 0.01% of added risk. If by chance any American Football player who rides by motorcycle to their job in logistics is reading this, Professional Builder extends its sympathies.
Click here to learn your own risk percentage. For example, this site’s Digital Content Editor currently has a 2.32% chance of being killed or injured in the next year. He should consider perhaps getting a cat.