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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 08:42

Occupational Risk prevention in Spain: which are the most dangerous professions?

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Thanks to the Occupational Risks Prevention, many accidents and personal injuries at work are avoided. It is urgent to implement a culture of safety in companies, both in managers and in workers.

 

But, which are the most risky professions in Spain? All of them require a specific occupational risk plan, which must be strictly followed.

 

Risky professions

 

The following can be emphasized:

 

- Police, military and security officers

Everyone that work for the National Security Forces spend time with weapons, with potentially dangerous criminals and with emergency situations, risking their lives. Bulletproof vests, anti-punctured footwear, anti-cut gloves and helmets are among their main PPEs.

 

- Firefighters and forest firefighters

These professionals are also usually exposed to dangerous situations, such as fires, floods, landslides and other similar scenarios. Their uniforms include personal protection equipment as important as the fireproof jacket and pants.

 

- Driving workers

Roads are a frequent scenario for accidents. Consequently, jobs that involve spending a large part of the working day driving, such as truck drivers or transporters in general, race drivers, delivery drivers and mailmen, belong to the risky professions category in Spain.

 

- Workers at heights

Building and restoring professionals, window glass cleaners and specialists in work at height carry out their activity far from the ground. Although the current security systems have evolved exponentially compared to those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when the Eiffel Tower and the great New York skyscrapers were built, they still require maximum alertness and attention in their daily tasks. They require using specific protection systems and equipment, including safety and work harnesses, fall arrest devices, moorings, anchors and specific helmets.

 

- Health professionals in unprotected areas

In fact, health professionals in Spain enjoy maximum safety working conditions, even those working in depressed areas or with poor sanitary conditions. However, some of them decide to go abroad to carry out their work, for example in humanitarian activities in depressed countries, which exponentially increases their risk. Masks and gloves usually are especially needed in these situations.

 

- Workers exposed to hazardous substances

Every professional who is in contact with radioactive materials, equipment with ionizing radiation, toxic elements, high-risk chemical products, biological agents, explosives, siliceous dust or high voltage is also included in this category. Among some of PPE they use, we can find masks or insulating masks.

 

Although Occupational Risk Prevention is fundamental in all areas of work, in these professions it becomes an indispensable and permanent need.

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