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UK CIVILS SECTOR EXCEEDS INJURY REDUCTION TARGET

Industry body reports continuing reductions in member accidents

Research by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has found that accidents on construction sites in the civil engineering sector continue to decrease among its members companies.

CECA represents over 350 contractors of all sizes, covering approximately 80% of the civil engineering market in Great Britain.

The CECA Accident Statistics Report 2009 reveals the following:

  • incidence rate of fatal injuries fell from 4.4 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 1.7 per 100,000 workers (66% reduction).
  • incidence rate of major injuries fell from 220 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 188 per 100,000 workers (15% reduction).
  • incidence rate of over 3-day injuries fell from 322 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 312 per 100,000 workers (3% reduction).
  • incidence rate of all reportable accidents fell from 547 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 502 per 100,000 workers(8.2% reduction).

These results show that CECA members have surpassed the Accident Incidence Rate Target for 2009 by a further 8.2%.

The CECA Health & Safety Strategy and Action Plan set an overall year on year target (10%) of reducing all reportable accidents in every year since 2004.

Always scope for further reductions

CECA spokesperson John Wilson said:

“It is encouraging to see that significant improvement in on-site safety has been achieved over the last five years. However, there is always scope for further reductions in accidents.

“There is a clear downward trend for a number of the categories in our research, including ‘All Accidents’, ‘Over 3 Day Injuries’, ‘Major Injuries’ and ‘Fatalities’ which is good news. It is now crucial for contractors to go beyond these improvements so that safety can be maximised in the workplace.”

Comment

The CECA report is consistent with the overall fall in construction sector fatal injuries reported recently by HSE. The results take into account levels of activity and therefore represent as genuine improvement.

However, many still fear an upsurge in injuries when construction activity picks up further.

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