9 jobs where you’re more likely to have an accident


The progress of statistics Work accident which happened in Spain between the months of January and June 2022 is overwhelming: during these months, there were One increment the number of workplace accidents almost 20%.

The report, published by the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, also highlighted other important data such as the 250% increase in the number of fatal accidents due to “drowning in a liquid” ie the 123.1% increase in the number of deaths during the working hours of employees in the agricultural sector.

This variation of 250 percentage points was analyzed by Labor and they concluded that the percentage had been “heavily” influenced by the sinking last February 14 of Galician fishing “Villa de Pitanxo” in Newfoundland waters.

However, despite the peculiarity of the percentage, the number of work accidents in Spain has increased. It did so in the case of work accidents with work stoppage, 310,211 (i.e. 18.2% more than in the same period of the previous year), and in the case of accidents without work stoppage , 272,865 (1.7% more than the same period of the previous year).

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Regarding the most serious accidents at work, the data also increased in the first half compared to the same period in 2021. In 2022, there were 1,943 serious accidents (131 more compared to the previous year) and 320 fatal accidents (43 more than in 2021).

Given these figures, it is worth asking which are the jobs or sectors of activity where there are the most accidents and, therefore, the greatest risk of having an accident.

Business Insider Spain collect The 9 professional sectors in which you are most likely to have an accident while you are working. Among the most unequal economic activities: industry, construction and health activities.

1. Manufacturing industry

Automotive industry worker.

The manufacturing industry is the sector with the most accidents in the period from January to June 2022, according to data provided by the Ministry of Labour. There were 45,839 accidents in the industry, 9.9% more than the same period of the previous year.

Despite the large number of accidents that occur in the sector, it is not the sector of economic activity in which there are the most fatal accidents. In the manufacturing industry, there are 49 fatal accidents (7 more than in 2021), which places it in fourth place in terms of the number of deaths occurring at work.

2. Construction

A bricklayer in a construction site of a residential building in Valdebebas (Madrid)

In the industry of building occurred in the first semester 40,065 accidents at worka figure that also represents an increase of more than 9% compared to the first 6 months of 2021.

this is the professional sector in which the most fatal accidents occur in Spain. Between January and June 2022, 70 people working in construction died, 19 more than in the same period of the previous year.

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The danger that characterizes construction may be one of the reasons why it is presented as one of the sectors in which there is a lack of young labor in Spain.

3. Health and social services activities

cardiovascular disease, doctor, heart problems

The health sector It is placed as the third section of economic activity in which more lost time accidents occurred in the first half of 2022, 39,132.

Toilets remain close to construction, a figure driven by a significant increase in the number of accidents: 76.3% more than the same period of 2021.

After the pandemic, data from the Depression Yes anxiety unheard of among health professionals. In addition, Spain has positioned itself in previous years as the second country in Europe with the most occupational accidents in the health sector.

However, there is no correlation between the number of lost-time accidents and the number of fatal accidents, since fatalities between January and June 2022 were only 4.8 fewer than in 2021.

4. Trade in or repair of vehicles

Mechanic checking a car

Work with complex mechanical tools and with heavy items such as vehicles, it can increase the chances of having an accident at work. This is perhaps the reason why the commercial and auto repair sector ranks fourth for the number of work accidents in Spain, with 32,654 accidents.

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The mortality rate for these incidents is higher than for other sectors, since in the first half of 2022 17 people lost their lives. Despite everything, and although the number of accidents has increased by 7.2% compared to the first half of 2021, this year they have been recorded 18 fewer fatal accidentsthe largest drop in the number of deaths by sector.

5. Administrative activities and auxiliary services

Treasury Office in Barcelona

One might think that the administrative sector is not one of the most dangerous for a worker, but this is not entirely true. The Administrative and Auxiliary Services activity section is located in fifth in number of workplace accidents that cause sick leave in Spain.

Between January and June 2022, there were 27,148 crashes jobs, including 22 were fatal. The total figures represent a 14.7% increase in the number of accidents and the number of fatalities increased by 6 compared to 2021.

These are data to take into account now that the Treasury has called oppositions in which you can opt for a position among 900 seats and that they pose as only requirement to have obtained the diploma of Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO).

6. Hospitality

Domino's Pizza Chef

The Bad conditions in the hotel industry, for example, mean that women earn on average 5,000 euros less than men. To this, in addition, we must add the number of accidents that occur every day in the sector: 21,402 accidents between January and June 2022with 7 deaths recorded.

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The number of accidents in the hotel industry represents the second largest increase compared to the first quarter of 2021, only behind the health business sector. A 75.9% increase in the number of accidents and 3 more deaths than last year.

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7. Transport and storage

Truck's driver

The mortality rate in the transport sector far exceeds that of some of the jobs already mentioned. While “only” happened 18,575 accidents causing sick leave between January and June 2022 in Spain, the number of fatal incidents was 55which places the sector as the third most deadly professional activity in the country.

The number of accidents increased by 17.9% and, despite this, the number of fatalities during the working day decreased compared to the first half of 2021.

8. Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing

Farmer

Agriculture would be another of the sectors of economic activity with the worst reputation with regard to the issue of job insecurity. However, the statistics group of the Ministry of Labor does not only collect the figures for this profession, but also for the breeders, fishermen and foresters, so the data on accidents cannot be linked only to this.

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It should be noted, however, that this section on economic activity is the second profession with the highest number of fatal accidents: 58, only behind construction (70) and registering the largest increase in the number of fatalities by sector, 32. The number of fatalities contrasts, again (as in the case of transport), with the total number of accidents: 15,227.

9. Public administration, defense and social security

A Spanish soldier boards a plane

The section of public administration, defense and social security could be one of the most dangerous, since it houses among its workstations profiles such as military. On the other hand, it ranks ninth in terms of the number of lost time accidents during working hours: 12,442.

The number of deaths recorded between January and June 2022 is 9, 2 more than in the first half of 2021. This could be due, in part, to the fact that Spain is among the 20 most powerful armies in the world.

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