9 of the Most Dangerous Jobs in Britain

9 of the Most Dangerous Jobs in Britain

7 February 2017



Ever had a day where you simply think that doing your job isn’t worth the pay you take home? Maybe you’re exposed to the lashing rain, operate heavy machinery or do a highly skilled, delicate job where one mistake could cause some serious problems.

Well, you’re not alone.

Job site Adzuna has come up with a list of the nine most dangerous jobs in the UK. The data, which was compiled by the Office of National Statistics, has also uncovered that these high risk jobs are some of the most poorly paid. Which hardly seems fair, given the risk involved.

From falling over to vehicle accidents (and even working with animals), see if your chosen career path puts you at risk. Maybe it’s time to ask for a pay rise …

9. Waste collection – 20 deaths per year

Operating heavy machinery and driving a larger vehicle naturally poses a larger risk than an office job. Collectors on non-hazardous waste are paid, on average, £17,591 per year for a job that is not only dirty, but dangerous.

8. Civil engineering – 20 deaths per year

Whilst a civil engineer can attract an above average wage of £39,186, they can also expect to encounter collapsed excavations, being hit by vehicles, coming into contact with electricity and even hyperthermia depending on their job specifics.

7. Electrical, plumbing and other installation – 26 deaths per year

Oddly enough, the biggest cause of death for electricians is not electrocution but falling. Both professions can expect to command over £30k per year, but is the risk element involved for installing facilities worth the pay packet? 

6. Vehicle maintenance and repair – 26 deaths per year

Around one fifth of all workplace related death involve a vehicle so working in maintenance and repair is highly risky. Working underneath cars and being called out to motorway breakdowns mean that the average pay packet of £28,269 comes with a hefty danger factor.

5. Joinery and painting – 28 deaths per year

It might not sound like a massively dangerous job (splinter or paint in the eye seems about the worst of it) but falling from ladders means that these career paths aren’t completely risk free. Painters earn on average £23,796 whilst joiners can make just over £33k.

4. Lorry driving – 41 deaths per year

With your average HGV weighing in at a titanic 3.5 tons, is it any wonder this job comes with risks attached? Road accidents, either due to loss of control of the vehicle or other road users, is a big cause of workplace fatality. Drivers earn around £23,376 per year.

3. Roofing and scaffolding – 69 deaths per year

No surprises here: Falling from a great height makes being a roofer or scaffolder a high risk career choice. However, collapsing excavations and electrocution have also been a major cause of death in the trade. Tilers can earn roughly £21,214 per year, whilst a scaffolder can expect £33,800.

2. Building and construction – 101 deaths per year

Almost 20 per cent of workplace accidents are as a result of working with heavy machinery. Builders face a two-fold risk: falling from a height themselves or falling objects causing grievous injury or death. A labourer can expect just over £18k for their troubles.

1. Farming – 167 deaths per year

Animals, heights and heavy machinery. It was never going to be a healthy combination. Your average cow weighs a whopping 680kg, whilst driving tractors or performing manual repairs come with their own risks. You can expect to earn around £22k as a farmer.




Written By Mary Palmer


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