Friday 13th NOT as deadly as you think – Tuesday 8th kills more people at work in the UK

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. But a new analysis of workplace death data reveals a new date you should be most cautious of.

1526 people have died at work in the UK since 2008 with rates remaining fairly consistent over the last 10 years, new research reveals.

The study, carried out by health and safety experts CE Safety, examines a decade’s worth of ONS data to determine the deadliest industries in the UK – as well as which days are most dangerous.

According to the study, Friday 13th isn’t the date you should be most cautious of. It is in fact Tuesday 8th. 373 people have died on a Tuesday in the UK and 84 workplace deaths occurred on the 8th of the month. Making Tuesday 8th the deadliest date of all.

Whereas 327 people died on a Friday and 80 on the 13th.

But which is the deadliest industry?

When breaking the data down by industry, construction is revealed as the deadliest industry, with 451 people dying in the last 10 years.

That’s an average of 45 people every year, higher than any other industry. Builders, roofers, and scaffolders all sit within this category – those that often work at height.

359 of those occur within the services which include police, fire fighters, and armed forces. Following that, 300 people die within agriculture too.

Working with cattle and agricultural machinery can also be extremely dangerous. Our results show that 36 deaths were the result of being struck, trampled on or coming into contact with cattle, whilst 31 deaths were causes by freak accidents when operating machinery.

And when considering the pay of £41,343, is the risk worth it?

Average salaries of the deadliest industries

  • Construction – £41,343
  • Service – £26,548
  • Agriculture – £31,291
  • Manufacturing – £33,906
  • Water / waste management – £32,325

When looking at the biggest causes of workplace deaths, being hit by heavy objects such as concrete blocks, cars, and forklift trucks are most common, followed by contact with deadly objects including chainsaws. However, falling from height is a common cause of death within construction but other industries as well killing 130 people in total.

  • Struck by object (440 deaths)
  • Contact with a deadly objects/work tools (178 deaths)
  • Falling from great height (130 deaths)
  • Poisoning (36 deaths)
  • Explosions (30 deaths)

And looking at the most dangerous locations for workplace deaths – Scotland Highlands has the highest rates – most of which occurred due to being hit by cattle.

Gary Ellis, Senior Consultant from CE Safety comments on the report: “Workplace accidents often occur as a result of fatigue. Employers are ultimately responsible for the safety of their employees, and the many regulations and training available should be enough to start seeing these rates decline. Unfortunately, the statistics show that they remain the same – and in our opinion, means not enough is being done.”

Full report can be found here:

Author: Editorial Team

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