The most dangerous jobs in the UK have been revealed in a new study, and the results might well prove surprising – potentially inspiring many companies to review their emergency response plans and health and safety procedures in the near future.
Conducted by insurance firm Simply Business, the study revealed owners of pet parlours and kennels, and dog walkers are in fact three times more likely to suffer an accident in the workplace than professions such as lorry drivers, the Daily Mail reports.
And beauticians and hairdressers are seven times more likely to have an accident at work than carpenters, while bricklayers are three times less likely to injure themselves than fitness instructors. This may result from the level of health and safety legislation and compliance enforced on certain business sectors and industries.
Small businesses in particular might want to be vigilant where their health and safety procedures are concerned, given that it was found that there has been a sharp increase in the number of accidents and injuries at smaller firms – rising by 41 per cent in the past five years.
Fiona McSwein, Chief Customer Officer with Simply Business, was quoted by the news source as saying: “Our research shows that even businesses that many would consider low-risk - such as hairdressing or dog walking - carry the risk of injury, and it's particularly surprising when compared to manual trades like bricklaying or carpentry. It's highly encouraging to see the rate of accidents and injuries starting to dip, with 2016 being the safest of the last five years.”
Providing members of staff with the appropriate information and training is a must for businesses, irrespective of size, if they are to prevent accidents from happening in the future. However, further research from WorkMobile – The Future of Health and Safety Report – found late last month (June) that two-thirds of businesses in the UK that have five or more employees aren’t providing them with the health and safety guidance as required by law.
When questioned, some 65 per cent of employees said they hadn’t been given the health and safety information required when starting a new job. And of those who were given this guidance, 27 per cent felt it could have gone into greater detail.
But providing people with the information necessary and expecting them to go away and learn on their own may not be the best strategy. The WorkMobile report also found that those in hazardous jobs are less likely to have read the operations manual – so doing some follow-up training after reading material has been provided could well be a good idea.
You run the risk of fines and prosecution if you don’t have health and safety guidelines in place within your workplace. Implementing the right procedures within your workplace may require the help and support of an external specialist.