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Survey shows 'shocking' lower life expectancy for security guards

31 May 2018

Results from a survey conducted by the GMB union shows that security professionals have a life expectancy figure of 20 years less than the average UK figure.

An official estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on behalf of the GMB showed that the average age of death for those working in security roles is 61.9 years.

The average age of death for people living in the UK is 81.4, while the global figure is 72.

People working in the UK security sector have been shown to have a lower life expectancy than people living in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Major causes of death among UK security professionals include ischaemic heart disease, malignant neoplasm of trachea bronchus and lunch and chronic lower respiratory disease.

GMB national officer Roger Jenkins described the findings as "shocking" and stated: "These are people we rely on, the first on the scene after atrocities like Westminster Bridge and the Manchester Arena."

He further stated there is a "misconception" that security work is an unskilled occupation, despite "the enormous responsibilities they face".

"What our security members need is more support in dealing with the stress, mental health and other related health issues that can often go hand in hand with this kind of potential traumatic work."

Mr Jenkins said employers should pledge to work with the GMB to address the "shameful problem".

See the ONS study results here.


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