Men working in security and in processing plants suffered some of the highest rates of death from coronavirus, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
The group with the highest rate of death involving Covid-19 was those who worked in process plants, with 143.2 deaths per 100,000 males. Elementary process plant workers clean metal goods, machinery and premises, operate printing machines and reprographic equipment, wrap, fill, label and seal containers and perform a variety of other manual tasks.
Those who worked in security occupations had the next highest rate of death involving Covid-19, with 93.4 deaths per 100,000 males.
Helmey El-Aasar, sales director at SmartSec Solutions, a London-based front-of-house corporate security provider, said: “It is vitally important that frontline workers such as those in the security sector are prioritised in the government’s vaccine distribution plan. The vaccine needs to be delivered to those at most risk, and this clearly includes security officers.
"While Covid-19 is a bigger risk to those over a certain age, you can’t ignore that many occupations and industries remain at considerable risk too. To address these alarming statistics, the government should consider an online portal which acts as a facility for employers to submit details of their key workers who can be prioritised for the vaccine based on the environments they work in. For example, where you have key workers in hospitals, care homes, universities or schools where the risk is substantially higher, then these individuals should be considered a priority for the vaccine, much like those they are supporting on a daily basis such as doctors, teachers, care home employees, and nurses."
El-Assar added: "Security officers have been especially at risk, with the highest death rate of all occupations. It’s crucial that this is addressed sooner rather than later as the vaccine continues to be rolled out. Because security officers will continue to head out whilst we stay in, often travelling on public transport just to get to work. Their health and safety is paramount.”
The Office for National Statistics published data in May revealing that security officers have one of the highest death rates from Covid-19 – 45.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
A report commissioned by Corps Security from Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International analysed the ONS data and found a number of reasons that accounted for the profession being most vulnerable to risk – including ethnicity.