First4Lawyers has released the results of a study that has looked into a decade of workplace death information and yearly salaries in order to find out the deadliest industry to work in and how that risk is compensated in salary.
The study has been completed using a decade of historical data and shows that a total 1267 people have died while at work in the UK since 2008. The results have shown that the construction industry is the deadliest industry to work in, as it has seen 382 deaths over this ten-year period. Among the deadliest industries is also manufacturing, with 214 deaths since 2008.
As an expansion of this, looking at the figures for 2017 alone, agriculture has led to the highest level of deaths in comparison to any other industry, with 16 people killed so far. It is thought that those working in both service and agricultural industries are considered to be quite risky, with 287 and 269 deaths respectively. The figures have shown that the safest industry to work in is the utilities industry.
When looking at the average salaries for these industries, operating on one of the deadliest industries could earn a worker as much as £36,702 a year. The salary data for the research carried out by First4Lawyers has been taken from an analysis of more than 1 million job ads by Adzuna. This data shows that construction workers, the deadliest industry, get paid 35% above the average UK salary, calculated at £27,271. With such a little difference between an average paying job and one of higher risk it is worth considering whether or not the extra £9,000 increase is enough.
For the manufacturing industry, the average salary for a Manufacturing Engineer is £31,832, for a Machine Operator in this industry the average salary is a mere £21,751, and a Warehouse Operative is £17,567.