The return of the glitz and glamour of Dancing on Ice may have audiences across the UK captivated, but behind the scenes the icy arena is a battleground for injuries.
Just days before the latest season aired, professional figure skater, Tippy Packard, was forced to withdraw from this year’s competition after suffering a training injury and who could forget Gemma Collins taking a horror fall or Joe Swash being kicked in the ear with a skate.
But you might be surprised to learn that the small businesses you deal with every day are equally at risk of accidents. New insights from Simply Business, who insure over 900,000 small businesses and landlords, reveal the most hazardous occupations – from hairdressers to scaffolders.
The data reveals that, surprisingly, domestic cleaners are one of the most likely professions to have an accident at work, accounting for almost one in 10 of the personal accident claims received by the broker in the past two years. Domestic cleaners overtook roofers, plasterers and bricklayers to reach the top four – proving that this everyday job is perhaps more hazardous than may seem.
The Midlands and North East England were found to be hotspot regions for claims from cleaners. One of the occupations with the least personal accident claims made over the past two years was nurses, accounting for less than 1%.
Perhaps less surprisingly, builders, painters & decorators, and carpenters came out as the top three professions most likely to make a personal accident claim through the broker.
Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business said, “The risks faced by celebrities appearing on Dancing on Ice are well publicised, but our data highlights the unexpected hazards facing small business owners every day at work.
“Protecting over 900,000 small businesses and landlords gives us first-hand insight into the range of – often unexpected – hazards facing the self-employed at work.
“Business insurance – from personal accident cover to public liability – can provide peace of mind, giving owners the confidence to trade, knowing that they’re covered should the worst happen.
“Unlike their larger counterparts, these enterprises often lack a financial backstop if something does happen. We’re proud to be able to help small businesses and self-employed people find the protection that’s right for them, from builders to bakers and personal trainers.”