UK construction fatality levels fall during 2005-06

The number of fatalities in the UK construction industry fell to the lowest on record in 2005-06. A total of 59 deaths were recorded over the year, which compares to 69 in 2004-05.

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By  Alison Luke Published  September 23, 2006

The number of fatalities in the UK construction industry fell to the lowest on record in 2005-06. A total of 59 deaths were recorded over the year, which compares to 69 in 2004-05. The fatal injury rate was recorded as 3.0 per 100,000 workers. Due to a rise in the numbers employed in the sector, this represents a fall of 14% since 2004-05 and 50% since 2000-01. The most common cause of death remains falls from height, which accounted for around 50% of the fatalities. This was followed by being struck with a moving or falling object (14%) and being hit by a vehicle (11%). Contact with electricity is noted as the fifth largest killer, accounting for seven deaths and 8% of those killed over the year. The figures show a continuation of a five-year downward trend. Stephen Williams, HSE chief inspector of construction welcomed the improvement but sounded a word of caution. “It is too early to say whether the reduction in fatal injuries represents the significant behaviour change the industry has been promising. Let us not be complacent – one death is still one too many,” he warned.

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