Farming remains most dangerous industry in UK
Workplace fatality figures released last week by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that agriculture remains the UK’s most dangerous profession by a significant margin, with a fatality rate of 7.73 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to a baseline rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers across all sectors in the UK.
Overall, there were 144 deaths at work in Britain in 2015/16, which is 7% lower than the five year average, but HSE noted that, while there has been a downward trend in fatal accidents in the past 20 years, this appears to have levelled off over the past four years.
Although there was a drop-off in the number of fatalities in agriculture (with 27 workers killed on farms and two member of the public, compared to a five year average of 32), the sector remains by far the most dangerous proportionally, accounting for 19% of workplace fatalities whilst employing less than 1% of the workforce.
Waste and recycling, manufacturing and construction are other sectors with consistently high numbers of fatal accidents. ■