The 32 most dangerous jobs in the UK and how much they pay
The most dangerous civilian jobs in the UK have been revealed in a new study. The 32-job ranking includes paramedics and firefighters at the top and sewer cleaners and painters at the bottom.
The study was carried out by outstanding resume and is based on an analysis and index of job-related mortality, injury and health risks in the UK and the US. It revealed that paramedics hold the most dangerous jobs in the UK, with the country’s 21,195 paramedics reporting an average of 2,993 patient attacks each year.
Paramedics are the people in charge of rushing to all kinds of dangerous scenes to try to save lives every day. Seeing patients exposes them to various illnesses, impaired immune system and severe fluctuations in hormone secretion due to the stressful nature of the job. In addition to physical risks, paramedics scored high on mental health risks.
NHS data has shown that paramedics taking time off for mental health issues have soared 186% since 2011. Fortunately, the death rate for these key workers is very low, but they can expect to cope to a host of injuries, with an average of 2,993 reported attacks. each year on ambulance staff by patients
As far as deaths in the civilian sector are concerned, tank truck and LCV drivers are the most exposed. According to the study, an average of 54 drivers die every year during their professional activities.
While civil engineers have the best pay to job danger ratio, earning an average of £50,000 a year and earning a job danger score of 6.39
The analysis, by outstanding resumeanalyzed over 200 research papers and industry reports, ranking the most dangerous jobs in the UK and US based on injury rates, fatalities, exposure to harmful chemicals, mental health risks, long-term injury risks and environmental conditions.
The table below presents the 32 most dangerous jobs, the average annual salary, the average number of weekly hours worked and the danger score at work (up to 35)
|3||oil rig worker||£40,000||54||15.06|
|13||mental health caregiver||£35,746||42||11.17|
|24||Chemical plant process operator||£27,500||42||7.02|
|28||Large animal veterinarian||£40,000||42.5||6.1|
|29||water treatment worker||£24,500||43||5.96|
After paramedics, firefighters held the second most dangerous job in the UK. Fortunately, firefighters have a very low fatality rate, with an average of two firefighters die in England every year since 1986, and an average of 3.75 per year in Scotland.
Besides the obvious risks of fire and building collapse, they risk hearing problems from loud noises, studies also report that occupation has a higher risk of asthma, and one study found that 60.2% of firefighters had mental health problems, with “traumatic or distressing events” being the second most important contributing factor.
Making up the three most dangerous jobs in the UK, oil rig workers (called offshore drilling workers by the UK government) scored 15.06 in our danger index. According to National Careers Servicethese employees work an average of 54 hours a week, the highest average working week of any job in this analysis, with a median average salary of £40,000.
Oil rig workers are naturally exposed to the dangers of the ocean hundreds of miles from shore, but they also have one of the highest injury rates (6.02%) in our analysis, with slips, trips, broken bones and sprains being the most common problems. Some industry studies among oil rig workers have also found that hand injuries are extremely common.
For long-term illnesses, a UN Study 2021 found that gasoline/petroleum workers had an increased risk of skin, blood, prostate, urinary tract and mesothelioma cancers, while various studies highlight the mental health risks of severe stress and isolation working on platforms oil companies.
In the United States, the most dangerous job was a deckhand on a commercial fishing boat, followed by an offshore diver, second, then a scaffolding contractor, a quarryman, a truck, a lumberjack, a roofing contractor, a farmer, a paramedic and a sewer cleaner in tenth grade.
In response to the findings, Andrew Fennell, former recruiter and current director of outstanding resume, said: “It is not surprising to see key workers like paramedics and firefighters at the top of the list, especially in the last two years. These workers dedicate their lives to helping others in times of need, but it’s sad to see statistics like 3 in 5 firefighters suffering from mental health issues.
“We hope this study will encourage the public to appreciate the many people who put themselves in difficult situations to provide us with vital services, and those who may go unrecognized as the sewer cleaners and industrial cleaners of the world.”