Prepared for Mathieu F. | Delivered July 8, 2020
Unsafe Outdoor Industries
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To identify unsafe outdoor industries that employ many workers, in Europe and the United States. This information will be used to identify potential clients who may benefit from a new safety technology.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the industries with the most unsafe outdoor jobs (ranked by workplace fatalities per 100,000 workers) in the US are logging (
workers), roofing (
workers), refuse and recyclable materials' collection (
workers), agriculture, including farming and ranching (
workers), structural iron and steel installation (
workers), construction industry supervision (
workers), and landscape and lawn service (
Many other jobs in the construction industry are considered unsafe, including construction laborers, construction equipment operators, and operation engineers. The total size of the US construction industry is estimated at
While the fishing industry is also considered very unsafe in terms of fatalities, the relatively low number of fishers and related workers is relatively low (
), so would likely not be a viable target industry.
USA Today notes that the most dangerous industries often involve
and may take place in locations that may be inherently more unsafe, such as the top of buildings or remote wilderness locations.
Several additional outdoor unsafe industries beyond those mentioned above include
electrical power line installation
and repair (
Total electricians (considered an unsafe job) in the United States are estimated at
, some of which are likely to occur outside.
outdoor industries in Europe (ranked by fatal and non-fatal injuries) include construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, "water supply, sewage, and
", mining and quarrying, and "electricity, gas, steam, and
air conditioning suppl
There are approximately
employees in the European construction industry. The industry is expected to grow to
by 2023, a CAGR of
The European agriculture industry has approximately
9.7 million employee
s, skewing toward older males.
As of 2017, the forestry and logging industry is estimated to employ
in Europe, with the highest industry workforce in Poland (
workers), followed by Germany (
), Romania (
), Sweden (
), and Italy (
There are an estimated
electricians in Europe, though this does not reflect those working exclusively outside.
The mining and quarrying sector employed
in Europe in 2017.
in Latvia and France is relatively low, while Germany and UK safety is relatively high.
Three industries found to be unsafe in the United Kingdom include
building (construction), farming/agriculture, and refuse collection
. There were
construction workers in the UK in 2017, while the number of farm workers is conservatively estimated at 346,000 (the number of seasonal workers is difficult to estimate). The waste collection industry is estimated to employ approximately
The construction industry was found to be the most improved of the top 3 unsafe industries in the UK, though still ranked third in 2019, with
6.05 deaths per 100,000
workers. Agriculture was found to be the
most unsafe industry
in the UK in 2019.
The most dangerous industry in Germany is
Workplace Safety Technology Trends
Digitizing processes and methods
in the construction industry via technology to improve safety is a workplace safety trend.
Increasing adoption of SMS (safety management systems) is allowing for
tracking and standardization
of safety protocols at construction sites.
The use of smart devices to detect "
" is an industrial workplace safety trend.
have been employed to predict and prevent accidents.
Top European Companies in the Construction Industry
According to Construction Europe magazine, the top 5 construction companies in Europe include Vinci, ACS,
Summary of Early Findings
In our first hour of research, we were able to identify a number of unsafe outdoor industries, and corresponding workers in those industries, in Europe, the United States, UK and Germany. We also found a list of top construction companies (the most unsafe industry) in Europe.
Unsafe industries were generally identified by workplace fatalities (or workplace fatalities and non-fatal accidents). We then provided the most recent workforce statistics as reported by the relevant government agency.
We also identified several safety trends associated with technology in outdoor industries.
Recommendations for further research are based on the information uncovered in early research.