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Construction workers are twice as likely to get injured

1 Oct 15 A survey of 91 people who work in construction found that 38% had taken time off work because of a major injury while doing their job.

His odds are probably rather higher
His odds are probably rather higher

This suggests that construction is precisely twice as dangerous as the average job, as the UK average across all sectors is 19%. The only industry to rank higher than construction in lost-day injuries is transport at 47%.

These are the findings of a survey conducted in August by OnePoll on behalf of insurance company There. The survey quizzed 2,000 UK workers in total from 25 different industries.

Not only are construction workers more likely than most top get injured, they are also prone to taking time off sick. The survey found that the average across all 2,000 workers was 2.5 sick days a year. The 91 construction workers were taking 2.8 sick days a year.

Average sick days taken per year across industries

Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Activities

3.8

Agriculture

3.7

Research

3.44

Telecoms

3.35

Marketing (e.g. Marketing Consultancy, Advertising, PR)

3.2

Education (Teachers, lecturers)

3.17

Health (Nurses, GPs, social workers)

3.09

Design (e.g. Fashion, Graphic Design, Product Design)

3.05

Media and Publishing

3.01

Construction

2.8

Finance (e.g. Banking, Insurance, Accountancy)

2.72

Computing, Electronics

2.72

Environmental Services (e.g. Sustainability, Recycling, Alternative Energy)

2.71

Government, Public Services

2.63

Engineering

2.52

Travel and Tourism

2.5

Utilities (e.g. Gas, Electricity etc)

2.44

Entertainment (e.g. Music, Film, Theatre)

2.32

Hospitality (e.g. Accommodation, Restaurants, Fast Food)

2.23

Retail

2.2

Transport and Distribution

1.94

Legal

1.9

Voluntary Sector (e.g. Charities, Membership Organisations)

1.87

Property

1.73

Industry (e.g. Manufacturing, Heavy Industry)

1.59

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