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    LATEST CONSTRUCTION INJURY AND ILL-HEALTH STATISTICS

    Stats show construction remains one of Britain’s ‘most dangerous industries’

    Despite a significant fall in the number of recorded deaths and injuries new statistics released by HSE show that “construction remains one of Britain’s most dangerous industries”.  

    The HSE data reveals that in Britain between April 2009 and March 2010:

    • Major Injuries: the number of major injuries (fractures, amputations and burns etc.) fell 14% to 2585 from 3307 in 2008/09 (rate of 266.7 per 100 000 in 2008/09 compared to 230.0 in 2009/10).  
    • Three Day Injuries: injuries keeping people off work for 3 days or more days dropped 8%, from 6815 in 2008/09 to 5651 in 2009/10 (rate of 549.5 per 100 000 in 2008/09 to 502.9 in 2009/10), continuing the downward trend of the last 10 years. 
    • Fatal Injuries: figures released in June showed that there were 42 fatal injuries to workers in construction in 2009/10. This compares with 52 deaths the previous year and an average of 66 worker deaths for the five year period from 2004/05. The rate of fatal injury per 100,000 construction workers decreased to 2.2 in 2009/10 from 2.5 in 2008/09.
    • Ill-Health : work-related ill health remained at a similar level to 2008/09, with an estimated 82,000 cases at a prevalence rate of 3,700 per 100 000 employed in the previous 12 months.  
    Risks are still “all too real”

    Philip White, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction, said: 

    “While the fact that fewer people are being killed or seriously injured is encouraging, the construction industry retains its unwanted record of accounting for more fatal injuries than any other sector.

    As Britain moves out of recession and work starts up again, we must continue to focus on real health and safety, especially in construction where the risks are all too real all the time.

    The great tragedy is that so many of these deaths, injuries and illnesses are entirely preventable and can be tracked back to the same basic failings.” 

    The data is published as HSE reports receiving formal notification of 6 construction deaths in a week, one of the worst periods in recent times. 

    Falls from height remain the biggest cause of fatalities in construction, with the other main causes being struck by a moving/falling object, being struck by a moving vehicle and collapses.

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