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Farming remains most dangerous industry in UK

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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.

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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.


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