Study reveals agriculture as the UK’s most dangerous industry for workers

Written by William Kellett from Agriland

New research has revealed the fatality rate of economic activities worldwide, revealing agriculture workplace fatality rates in different countries.

Health and safety consultants at Arinite have analysed the reported average workplace fatality rate per 100,000 workers across the globe to reveal the most dangerous countries and industries.

In the UK, the most dangerous industry was agriculture, forestry and fishing, where workplace fatality rates were 10.14 per 100,000 workers, versus an average UK worker fatality rate (based on ILO data) of 0.83.

Fishing had the highest average fatality rate, of 15.96 per 100,000 workers, out of the economic activities included in the research. It was the most dangerous in Canada, with a fatality rate of 27.32.

The safety threats of fishing include working in unpredictable weather conditions, on the open water and from great heights.

Mining was the second most dangerous industry due to the average fatality rate of 14.09, and agriculture followed, with an 11.26 workplace fatality rate.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing was also the most dangerous activity in the US also, where workplace fatality rates were 57.4 per 100,000 workers. In comparison, the average is 5.25 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

Robert Winsloe, managing director at Arinite said:

It’s the responsibility of all business owners, no matter what industry you work in or the size of the company, to comply with their country’s health and safety legislation.

“Failing to implement the required measures could put your employees’ lives at risk.

“Even a low-risk job can become dangerous if you don’t meet the basic health and safety requirements.”

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