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FATAL INJURY STATISTICS 2007/08

Construction fatal injuries now falling 

The official construction fatal injury statistics for 2007/08 have been published by HSE. The last 15 years has shown a downward trend in the rate of fatal injury to construction workers although the last five years has shown little change with an average yearly rate of 3.5 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. The lowest number and rate of fatal injuries on record was in 2005/06 when 56 construction workers died and the rate was at 3.0 per 100,000.

The headline fatal injury statistics for construction in 2007/08 are:

  • Fatal worker injuries down to 72 from 77
  • Rate of fatal worker injuries down to 3.4 from 3.5 

Comment: A good deal of commentary on these latest official statistics is negative. However, both the number of deaths and rate of fatal injury fell in construction during 2007/08. Each of these deaths is a personal tragedy for families, friends and colleagues and all sections of the industry must renew their efforts to return, and better, the all time low of 2005/06. However, there are many individuals working tirelessly to manage risks on construction projects and a focus on negative comments when there are signs of improvement does nothing to motivate those individuals and sustain their much needed preventive action.

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