A list of the 32 most dangerous jobs in the UK has been revealed in a new study.
Research carried out by StandOut CV looked into all civilian roles that are considered to be dangerous.
Experts included a number of factors, including physical injuries, long term illnesses, chemical and biological risk, mental health problems and environmental factors.
Being a paramedic was found to be the most dangerous job in the UK. The study noted 2,993 attacks on paramedics by patients reported on average every year.
Firefighter was the second most dangerous role in the UK due to the risks of dealing with fires, collapsing buildings, high risk of asthma and the 60.2 per cent that have reported living with mental health problems in the role.
Oil rig workers were third on the list due to the dangers of the ocean and the high injury rate. They also referred to a UN study, which found that petroleum and oil workers had an increased chance of skin, blood, prostate, urinary and mesothelioma cancers.
A civil engineer was found to have the best ratio of compensation compared to danger – earning an average salary fo £50k a year, but exposed to risks such as collapsing buildings and being hit by machinery.
In response to the findings, Andrew Fennell, former recruiter and current director at StandOut CV, said: “It’s not surprising to see key workers like paramedics and firefighters at the top of the list, especially over the last couple of years. These workers dedicate their lives to helping others in times of need, but it is sad to see statistics like the three in five firefighters suffering from mental health problems.”
“We hope this study encourages the public to appreciate the many people who put themselves in difficult situations to bring us vital services, and those who may go unsung like the sewer flushers and industrial cleaners of the world.”
Here is the full list of the 32 most dangerous jobs, followed by the average salary, the average hours worked and the job danger score.
|3||Oil Platform Worker||£40,000||54||15.06|
|13||Mental Health Career||£35,746||42||11.17|
|fifteen||HGV Driver||£27,500||Four. Five||10.85|
|24||Chemical Plant Process Operator||£27,500||42||7.02|
|27||Forklift Driver||£23,500||Four. Five||6.26|
|28||Large Animal Vet||£40,000||42.5||6.1|
|29||Water Treatment Worker||£24,500||43||5.96|
|31||Sewer Flusher||£45,000||Four. Five||5.69|
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.