The United Kingdom was cited as the ninth least dangerous country, with a fatality rate of 0.83, according to workplace fatality statistics compiled by health and safety consultancy Arinite.
Arinite analysed the reported average workplace fatality rate per 100,000 workers across the globe to reveal which countries and industries are the most dangerous and safe for workers.
The research also highlights the 10 most dangerous countries for work in the services industry, which includes customer service, healthcare, and transport services. The global average fatality rate for this sector was 2.61. The UK had a fatality rate of 0.13 per 100,000 workers within this sector.
The firm said that implementing health and safety measures is vital for any business, especially in high-risk sectors, to protect workers from accidents and fatalities. However, health and safety standards vary considerably around the world.
Most dangerous country
The research found Bhutan in South Asia to be the most dangerous country averaged across all industries, with a fatality rate of 31.9 per 100,000 per year. The Southeast Asian nation Timor-Leste followed with 29.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers on average.
The research revealed the mining and quarrying sector as the most dangerous across 21 per cent of the countries, including Uzbekistan, Sweden, and Spain. The fatality rate for the mining and quarrying industry was the highest in Egypt, which has 75.24 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
The findings discovered that the real estate activity sector was the most dangerous industry in Egypt, with a fatality rate of 145.99. However, this didn’t appear as the most high-risk sector in any other country.
The findings uncovered the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector as the most dangerous in 12 of the countries cited. The industry’s highest fatality rate, 58.21, was in Guadeloupe, closely followed by 57.4 in the US. Arinite found that this industry was the biggest cause of workplace fatalities in the UK, with a rate of 10.14 per 100,000 workers.
Robert Winsloe, managing director at Arinite, said: “It’s the responsibility of all business owners, no matter what industry you work in or the size of the company, to comply with their country’s health and safety legislation. Failing to implement the required measures could put your employees’ lives at risk. Even a low-risk job can become dangerous if you don’t meet basic health and safety requirements.
“This research shows that it’s not always the jobs that you expect to be dangerous that can have the highest rates of workplace incidents, which stresses the importance of examining the risks of all roles. Health and safety requirements hugely vary across the globe and can also differ depending on the industry, so it’s important to be familiar with the specific stipulations you need to abide by.
“Ensure your staff members also know how to stay out of danger within their role by conducting health and safety training sessions. As well as this, seek their opinions for ways to reduce risks in the workplace. To keep your employees out of harm, assess the risks of the workplace and their job roles and put systems in place to control and minimise the threats to your workers’ safety.”