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    CONSTRUCTION DEATHS SET TO FALL FOR THIRD YEAR

    Fatal injuries during construction work at lowest level on record for 2009/10

    The HSE list of ‘in-year names and details of fatalities’ is now complete for the 12 month period 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010. 

    The published list classifies 35 deaths ‘General Industry Category Construction’.

    The records are as reported by third parties and do not purport to be a formal statistical release. Subsequent HSE investigation may determine that some are not reportable under RIDDOR. 

    Provisional analysis and comment

    Our provisional analysis and comment is as follows:

    • the number of worker deaths (35) represents the lowest number on record for the third year in succession;
    • the final HSE statistical release in summer 2010 is likely to record a considerably higher number although it is still likely to be the lowest on record;
    • analysis of the HSE records,  press reports and other intelligence suggest the final number of worker deaths arising from construction work (as defined under CDM 2007) will be around 43 deaths. See our monthly reports below;
    • worker fatal injury frequency rates (per 100,000 employed) usually follow trends in the number of deaths.We therefore anticipate the frequency rate for 2009/10 to again be the lowest on record; and
    • the majority of construction work deaths now occur during repair and maintenance work on smaller projects involving smaller contractors.
    Monthly fatal injury reports 2009/2010 

     

     

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