Most dangerous trades

New research highlighted by tradesperson comparison website HaMuch.com into the most dangerous trade professions in Britain has found that plumbers were least likely to be injured at work in non-fatal injuries. The research from Simply Business examined the rates of non-fatal injuries as a percentage of all injuries and ranked the top ten, with tree surgeons topping the list. 

Most dangerous trades
Tree surgeon
Tiler (roofing)
Scaffolder
Builder
Roofer
Landscape gardener
Plasterer
Electrician
Bricklayer
Plumber

 

Analysis also showed that skilled trades professionals were most at risk of musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and muscle and ligament strain. Those filling administrative and secretarial roles were least likely to develop these disorders. 

Rates of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders caused by current job (2016-2019)
Occupation
As a proportion of all occupations
Skilled trades occupations
20%
Professional occupations
17%
Caring, leisure and other service occupations
12%
Elementary occupations
11%
Associate professional and technical occupations
10%
Process, plant and machine operatives
10%
Managers, directors and senior officials
7%
Sales and customer service occupations
7%
Administrative and secretarial occupations
5%

 

Contact and injury with power tools is the most prevalent cause of accidents amongst the trades, closely followed by the same contact with non-power tools. Electrocution related injuries also ranked high, along with incidents with ladders and misuse of tools.

The data does provide one silver lining however, with skilled trade professionals one of the least likely to suffer from stress, depression and anxiety caused by work, accounting for just 5% as a proportion of all occupations.

Rates of self-reported stress, depression, or anxiety caused by current job (2016-2019)
Occupation
As a proportion of all occupations
Professional occupations
32%
Associate professional and technical occupations
17%
Managers, directors and senior officials
10%
Administrative and secretarial occupations
10%
Caring, leisure and other service occupations
9%
Sales and customer service occupations
9%
Elementary occupations
6%
Skilled trades occupations
5%
Process, plant and machine operatives
3%

 

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