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There were 65,427 non-fatal work accident injuries reported to RIDDOR in 2019/2020, while according to the Labour Force Survey, there were 693,000 injuries. Additionally, around 1.6 million people suffered from a work-related illness.

The risks faced by workers depend very much on the type of work that they carry out and, inevitably, some workplaces are riskier than others.

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The Most Dangerous Industries

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the most dangerous industry of all is agriculture (farming), forestry and fishing.

The HSE listed the following injury rates for the most dangerous industry sectors in the three year period from 2017/18 to 2019/20 as follows:


  • Agriculture, fishing, and forestry: 3,940 injuries per 100,000 workers.
  • Construction: 2,760 injuries per 100,00 workers.
  • Water supply and waste management: 2,560 injuries per 100,000 workers. (2017/18 only)
  • Accommodation and food services: 2,460 injuries per 100,000 workers.
  • Manufacturing: 2,330 injuries per 100,000 workers.
  • Wholesale and retail; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles: 2,190 injuries per 100,000 workers.
  • Public administration and defence: 1,960 injuries per 100,000 workers.
  • Human health and social work activities: 1,950 injuries per 100,000 workers.
  • Transport and storage:1,790 injuries per 100,000 workers.

And it is not only traditionally hazardous industries that are responsible for high levels of worker injury and illness. For example, the health and social care sector is not regarded by many as being a dangerous environment in which to work; however, workers in the health and social care sector have a higher than average incidence of both manual handling and major slip and trip injuries – the most common types of workplace injury in Scotland.

Each type of workplace carries its own set of risks; and, in addition to the industries listed above, other hazardous workplace environments include the following:

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