Which industries are the most dangerous to work in?
PPE company Vizwear has analysed the latest data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to find out which industries are responsible for the most fatalities.
The list of the most dangerous industries is topped by agriculture, with waste & recycling in second place.
Construction came in at third place, with 30 fatalities in 2019, but out of all the industries highlighted, construction has made the most progress when it comes to reducing the risks. The number of fatalities recorded in the construction industry in 2019 was actually the lowest on record.
Falls from height are by far the biggest danger; in 2017/18, they accounted for nearly half of all deaths in construction. There’s also a significant risk of getting trapped by something collapsing or being struck by an object. Estimates state that the damages caused by health and safety failings in the construction industry alone cost the UK over £1bn a year.