Skilled Tradesmen at Higher Risk of COVID Death

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SKILLED TRADESMEN are shown to be at higher risk of death from Covid-19 than average, in new figures published today by the Office for National Statistics.

Listed in the top ten occupations statistically most likely to suffer a Covid-19 related fatality, men who are categorised as working in the ‘Skilled Trades’ group have an average rate of 40.4 deaths per 100,000.

The Skilled Trades classification includes all construction tradespeople, including roofers.

The Skilled Trades rates of death involving Covid-19 is significantly higher than that of the general population among those of the same age and sex. The average rate of death involving COVID-19 is 31.4 deaths per 100,000 in the working population of men.

There were 7,961 deaths involving COVID-19 in the working age population, aged 20 to 64 years, in England and Wales registered between 9 March and 28 December 2020. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (64.4%) were among men.

Roofers Covid risk

The latest findings are in line with the ONS analyses published last year comparing the risks from coronavirus of various occupations. ‘Roofers, roof tilers & slaters’ were classed as at ‘arm’s length’ proximity and at higher than average risk.

Ben Humberstone, Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS, said: “Today’s analysis shows that jobs with regular exposure to COVID-19 and those working in close proximity to others continue to have higher COVID-19 death rates when compared with the rest of the working age population. Men continue to have higher rates of death than women, making up nearly two thirds of these deaths.”

“As the pandemic has progressed, we have learnt more about the disease and the communities it impacts most. There are a complex combination of factors that influence the risk of death; from your age and your ethnicity, where you live and who you live with, to pre-existing health conditions. Our findings do not prove that the rates of death involving COVID-19 are caused by differences in occupational exposure.”

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