If a job is considered dangerous, what role springs to mind? Fighter pilot? Circus performer? Zookeeper? Surely, a role in which the employee is placed in grave danger?
Well, according to data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which was shared by The Telegraph, some of the deadliest jobs are those in seemingly low-risk sectors – with low-pay attached to the majority of those roles.
Whilst the immediate risk to the employee is obvious, Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and Head of a Government review into the gig economy, claims that low quality jobs are actually making people unproductive which has the knock-on effect of the making the economy stagnant.
He said: “As we all know the UK has a productivity problem. This problem is complex and multifaceted but there is little doubt that one facet is bad work. However, one way that productivity could be improved is by ensuring that workers feel safe, cared for and well remunerated at work.”
ACAS advise that: "In the past, when people thought about health in the workplace, they were mostly concerned with 'health and safety', for instance, minimising physical hazards. Today, traditional health issues, such as noise, dust and chemical hazards, are still vitally important. However, our growing concern with good work-life balance has also made us aware of the relationship between our jobs and our mental and physical wellbeing."
However, there are still some jobs that pose immediate, physical risk. Click next to see seven of the most dangerous jobs and the pay-packet the role attracts.