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5 Of the UK’s Most Dangerous Industries and How to Avoid Your Business Becoming a Statistic

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danger at workWhile running a business can be incredibly rewarding, it also comes with a variety of risks and dangers. To help you and your workforce stay safe, we’ve compiled a rundown of the UK’s most dangerous industries and what you need to be looking out for.

Building and construction

According to a recent article published by The Guardian, builders are the country’s most at risk employment group. In 2012 to 2013, the industry recorded a huge 39 deaths. In fact since 2001, there have been more building and construction related deaths than fatal British casualties in Afghanistan.

Rubbish collection

While it may seem like a relatively risk free job, the rubbish collection sector recorded 10 deaths during the 2012 to 2013 period. According to the Health and Safety Executive, this gives the industry a 7.8 per 100,000 death rate.

Shop Keeper

While the 2012 to 2013 financial year saw no fatal injuries, British shopkeepers did fall victim to 1619 ‘major injuries’ while on the job. Shops generally deal with large amounts of cash which makes them a popular target for criminals and armed robbers. If you operate a shop, it’s strongly advised to take out an insurance policy that has you covered in the case of theft. Comprehensive business insurance helps thousands of shop keepers enjoy the peace of mind that their profits are 100% protected.

Mechanics and motor traders

Due to the hands on nature of the job, mechanics and motor traders are another at risk sector. According to statistics from 2012 to 2013, the industry fell victim to eight deaths and almost 300 major injuries. If you run a motor trade business it is critical that you protect both yourself and your employees from the various risks of working with tools and vehicles. In the case of any employee accidents or injuries, an adequate motor trade insurance policy will cover legal fees, expenses, pay-outs and other associated costs.


As expected, farmers face a variety of dangers and risks. In 2012 to 2013, there were 29 fatal injuries in the sector of agriculture, fishing and forestry. 50% of these were farmers while 17% were short term hired workers who may not have received adequate training.

Whatever industry you operate in, it is essential to take out a comprehensive insurance policy that covers yourself and your employees in the case of accidents, injuries or even death.  


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