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Most Dangerous Jobs for Brits



It’s likely that all of us have sat through health and safety training at work, but for the average employee, workplace risks rarely go beyond slip, trips and falls.


However for some of Britain’s workers, following the correct safety procedures could be the difference between life and death. According to HSE (Health and Safety Executive) 274,000 people are seriously injured at work each year, and 241 suffer fatal injuries.

We bring you the 10 most dangerous jobs (carrying the highest rates of injury or death) in the UK.



Research by Oxford University has revealed that people working at sea have the highest on-the-job mortality rate and are an incredible 50 times more likely to die working at sea than in other jobs.


2.Bomb clearance

Bomb disposal teams have one of the most dangerous and terrifying jobs in the world. All of us make mistakes at work, but in this role errors can cost peoples lives.


3.Oil and gas rigger

Rig workers face high-risk hazards such as explosions, terror attacks, heavy machinery and extreme weather. This dangerous job is fatal for around 100 people working the industry each year – double the average.



Huge heights, heavy machinery, and dangerous equipment all combine to make construction one of the most dangerous jobs in the UK. Roofers, scaffolders, plumbers and steeplejacks are the most likely construction workers to face risks at work. Most accidents in the industry are a result of falls, trips or electric shocks.


5.Lorry drivers

Lorry drivers live on the road and are faced with the daily challenge of dangerous road & weather conditions, reckless drivers and sleepless nights. There are roughly 54,000 accidents involving work vehicles on British roads each year (around 150 per day) according to figures from the GMB workers’ union.


6.Deep-sea diver

Aside from the obvious risks of drowning which account for the majority of fatalities, divers are also at risk of high gas consumption, decompression, nitrogen narcosis and increased mental health problems.


7.Security guard

Security personnel are employed to protect highly wealthy or powerful individuals or high threat areas/active war zones. Unsurprisingly, fatalities are not uncommon due to constant threats of attack.


8.Police officer

It is estimated that a police officer is injured every hour in the UK, although fatality rates aren’t huge. The biggest risk posed to police officers at work is road traffic accidents, and only a very small proportion are killed by criminals.



Every fire has the potential to be fatal for a fire fighter, and injury is very common. Surprisingly, training and carrying heavy equipment tends to be the biggest risk rather than burns.



Since 2001, 453 of UK’s soldiers have lost their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, making it one of the least desirable jobs. The front line is one of the most dangerous places to work and injuries such as amputations are very common.


Unfortunately, wherever you are employed workplace accidents do happen, and often they could have been prevented by safer working conditions and enforced regulations.


Fortunately, Express Solicitors has a specialist Serious Injury department, ensuring that only the most experienced and knowledgeable solicitors handle your claim.


Start your claim today and call us on 0161 904 4660


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Claiming for Whiplash

Ask anyone who has suffered from whiplash and they’ll tell you how painful it can be, not to mention the impact it can have on emotional wellbeing and day-to-day life.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when the head is jerked suddenly, backwards, forwards or sideways. The sudden and vigorous head movement can overstretch and damage the ligaments and tendons in the neck, causing serious pain and stiffness.

Symptoms of whiplash often don’t always develop straight away and may take a while (6-12 hours) to appear.  Read More »

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Britain’s Most Dangerous Industries

Recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive have revealed some of the UK’s most dangerous industries (carrying highest rate of fatality or serious injury) and the results might surprise you…

We look at 10 of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

Health and Social Care

Between 2012-13, an estimated 5 million workers in health and social care became ill or injured as a result of their work. Stress was the main contributing factor to employees taking days off work sick.


While it seem unlikely, one worker was killed in the “libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities industry” between 2012-13. There were also a reported 46 major injuries in the industry in the same year. Read More »

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What to do After an Eye Injury

When an eye injury occurs, it’s important to act quickly and get necessary treatment as soon as possible. A serious eye injury could lead to temporary or permanent blindness, but may not always be immediately obvious, so always act with caution. Delaying medical attention could actually end up causing more damage to the affected area.

While every eye injury is unique, here are a few common ways you can recognise a serious eye injury.

How to recognise an eye injury

  • Persistent eye pain
  • Cuts or tears to the eyelid
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding in the clear part of the eye
  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Unusual pupil shape or size
  • Double vision
  • Object stuck in the eye or under the eyelid Read More »
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4 Most Common Injury Claims

If you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it can have a serious impact on your life.

We understand that after an accident, many people don’t consider a personal injury lawsuit because they aren’t sure whether or not they would have a case. There are a number of situations however, where you’d be perfectly within your rights to make a claim.

To help you establish whether you could make a claim for compensation, read on for our guide to the top 4 most common injury claims.

Accidents at work

According to HSE (Health and Safety Executive) 274,000 people are seriously injured at work each year, and 241 suffer fatal injuries. All employers have a duty to keep staff safe, whilst providing suitable equipment and training, however workers are still injured every day in accidents that could have been easily prevented. Read More »

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Revealed: Most Dangerous Roads in the UK

A recent report named “How Safe Are You on Britain’s Roads?” published by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) has highlighted some of the most dangerous roads in the country.

According to the wide reaching report, road users are most at risk on a 12-mile coastal route in Southern England, where there were 39 fatal and serious crashes between 2007-2012.

It is just one in a number of persistently treacherous roads where the toll of deaths and serious injuries are ‘unacceptably high’.

The top 10 most dangerous roads named by the report also included: Read More »

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Serious Injuries in Manufacturing

Tens of thousands of people are injured every year working in manufacturing.

According to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive), there were a reported 14 fatal injuries and 13,595 non-fatal injuries to employees working in manufacturing in the year 2013/14.

Dangerous sectors

Manufacturing covers a wide range of sectors, some more dangerous than others. Some of the most hazardous industries highlighted by the HSE include:

  • Woodwork
  • Food and drink
  • Metal work
  • Paper making
  • Engineering
  • Plastics  Read More »
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What to Expect After a Head Injury

When you suffer a traumatic head or brain injury, it can have a huge impact on your life and recovery can be a long, drawn out process.

Every injury is unique and will affect different people in different ways but here are a few common changes you can expect after a head injury.

Cognitive and physical changes

Many people won’t start to experience symptoms until hours, days or even weeks after an accident.

Symptoms usually disappear without treatment, however some people may need on-going therapy or even surgery to relieve symptoms following a head injury.

You may experience: Read More »

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Tinnitus Awareness Week

This week is commonly recognised as Tinnitus Awareness Week, running this year from 2nd -8th February.

The annual campaign, which is run by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), aims to increase awareness of the condition whilst raising funds to help support those living with it.

According to research by the BTA, 10% of adults in the UK (a huge 6.3 million people) are living with tinnitus, with one in ten reporting severe side effects including depression, stress, anxiety and sleep deprivation.

The campaign aims to raise awareness by getting communities to talk about tinnitus and highlighting the help that’s available. Hospitals, GP’s and community groups will be displaying information, and holding meetings & events across the UK in order to highlight the support that is available. Read More »

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Concern as Thousands of NHS Staff are Injured at Work

Recent figures published by the Liberal Democrats have given cause for concern as tens of thousands NHS staff reported being injured at work in recent years.

The figures, which looked at NHS staff working in Scotland, showed that there were 35,372 reported injuries between 2011 and 2013, although figures did drop from over 12,400 a year to 10,529 in 2013.

Injuries included physical violence and attacks on staff but also comprised of:

  • Crushing injuries
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Injuries by flying or falling objects
  • Dislocated limbs
  • Fractured bones
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Scratches Read More »
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