More to be done to Reduce UK Construction Industry Fatalities

posted 20.11.2013

 The number of serious injuries sustained by working within the UK construction industry has dropped by 9% last year.

Although the number are encouraging and there has been a continued downward trend year on year in accidents it?s still not good enough, according to the Health & Safety Executive?s construction chief

The construction industry sector recorded 1,913 major injuries in 2012/13, which works out as 156.0 per 100,000 employees. This was down from 2,124 major injuries in 2011/12, which was 171.8 per 100,000 employees.

This year saw 39 fatal injuries to worker in the construction industry which is a drop of 10, with 49 recorded fatalities the year before. The average for the last 5 years is 53 so more still has to be done.

Unsurprisingly working from heights was the biggest cause of fatalities as it accounted for 60% in 2012/13 and 57% of fatalities in 2011/12. Construction workers only account for approximately 5% of the employees in Britain, it accounts for 27% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major injuries.

Heather Bryant, Head of HSE?s Construction Sector, said: ?The figures this year show a fall in the number of serious injuries in construction compared to 2011/12. However, construction still remains one of Britain?s most dangerous sectors.?

?Year on year we are seeing a downward trend but far too many employees are still being killed or seriously injured at work. This is unacceptable when many could have been prevented with simple safety measures.?

?I have seen some excellent examples of well ran construction sites where a clear focus on safety and risk management has been demonstrated. HSE is continuing to work with the industry to ensure the right health and safety practices are in place to protect workers.?

Category: general, health and safety, Paul Jones