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    SELF-EMPLOYMENT AND FATALITIES

    Union claims self-employment increases construction risks

    Construction trades union UCATT has conducted a breakdown of construction deaths for 2008/9 revealing that the number of self-employed construction worker deaths increased despite a significantly decline in overall numbers.

    Alan Ritchie, UCATT General Secretary said: “It is important to remember that every one of these deaths is an individual tragedy, where a father, son or brother has not returned from work. UCATT has repeatedly argued that self-employed workers are at greater danger of being killed and injured at work. The latest figures underline this fact.”

    Comment: The proportion of construction deaths involving the self-employed has risen as the number of employee deaths on major sites has fallen. Most fatalities are now occurring on minor domestic and commercial refurbishment projects where self-employment is more common.

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