These are the top four most dangerous UK jobs right now

Collaborative post by another author. While many of us expect to leave work uninjured, the risk is higher in certain professions. Dangers can lurk around almost every corner no matter the workplace too, so no one is truly safe. Slips, trips and falls are the most common non-fatal injuries that UK employees suffer, which is closely followed by handling and falls from height. 

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Within our article, we wanted to take a closer look at the most dangerous jobs you can work in the UK and the main risks to look out for. Many of these jobs are attractive on paper with good pay and worker benefits, but knowing the dangers you may face is important too. 

So, if you’re about to apply for a dangerous job, make sure you’re aware of the threats involved in the occupation. Read on to find out more. 

Offshore platform worker

Offshore platform workers are typically paid well and that’s usually due to the dangers involved with the job. You’ll be operating heavy-duty machinery and fires can spark, which can prove fatal. Alongside this, long hours are worked, which can cause accidents to occur when employees tire. 

Commercial diver

Working in the depths of oceans or lakes may be a dream job for some as you install and repair submerged equipment. However, you’ll also be rigging explosives for some processes, which can lead to death if anything goes wrong. 

Waste operator

While collecting waste from UK households may seem like a relatively simple job, it also happens to be very hazardous. You’ll be moving, lifting and loading heavy items, which could lead to back injuries. The waste lorry itself can cause damage to workers too, so knowing how it operates is essential. 

Construction worker

The construction industry is responsible for the most workplace deaths in the UK, showing just how dangerous it can be. Onsite tripping hazards, heavy-duty machinery, falls from height and getting struck by vehicles are some of the main dangers you can face. 

How can workplaces be made safer? 

While many of the jobs are inherently dangerous, there are some ways to make them safer. Some of the best ways to do this include: 

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Risk assessments 
  • Adequate training 
  • Clear signage
  • Reward safe behaviour 

What should I do if I’m injured while working one of these jobs? 

With so much risk involved, it’s best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Here’s what you should do if you're injured:

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