Huge increase in construction workers falling from heights

posted 25.11.2012


In the last three months there has been a huge increase in the number of people falling from a height within the UK construction industry.

Although there was a 21% decrease in the number of accidents overall, from 226 during May to June down to 177 during August to November, the amount of workers who fell from a height rose by 140%.

A fall from a height is now accounts for 23% of all accidents up from just 4% in the previous quarter.

According to an analysis by the Building Safety Group, the most likely and frequent accidents are construction workers who are injured while handling, lifting or carrying something, which so far this year accounts for more than 25% of all accidents.

Paul Kimpton, Managing Director of the Building Safety Group says, ?It is really good news that the number of accidents over all has decreased in the last three months, but 177 is still a very large number of people hurt and it is therefore essential that companies of every size adhere to health and safety measures. The increase in the number of people who fell from a height is quite alarming, especially as there is no reason for this type of accident if proper safety precautions are taken.?

Recipro sourced this article from Construction Index.

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