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CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES JUNE 2011

Latest release of HSE records reveals deaths in double digits during June 

HSE publish each month the in-year details of all deaths at work under their jurisdiction including those occurring on construction projects.

This information is ‘as reported’ by third parties and does not purport to be a formal statistical release.

Our analysis of the HSE reports and press coverage suggest at least 10 deaths occurred during ‘construction work’ during June 2011. These were:

  1. 02/06/2011 Bradley Watts – electrocution;
  2. 02/06/2011 Julie Schmitz – explosion;
  3. 02/06/2011 Robert Broome – see 2 above;
  4. 02/06/2011 Andrew Jenkins – see 2 above;
  5. 02/06/2011 Dennis Riley – see 2 above;
  6. 07/06/2011 Mark Cooper – fall from height;
  7. 15/06/2011 Alan Beutner – fall from height;
  8. 16/06/2011 George Carr – fall from height;
  9. 19/06/2011 Donald McDonald – fall from height; and
  10. 20/06/2011 Kevin Livesey – struck by falling object.
 
Pembroke Refinery Incident

Deaths 2-5 above were caused by an explosion and fire at the Chevron Pembroke Refinery Three of the deceased were contractors employed by BDS (a local company) working in a large storage tank. The two other workers were fire marshals from Hertel, a national contracting company. HSE issued a press release via the trade press highlighting the dangers of tank cleaning operations and reminding all operators to ensure they have robust arrangements and control systems in place to manage the major accident risks.

Comment

A further death (08/06/2011 – Anthony Podmore) involves a fall from height in the agricultural sector. Many falls in this sector involve ‘construction work’ i.e. roof repairs. In addition, local press reported a safety net rigger death on a site in the south west which is not included in the HSE data.

We use these details, in conjunction with press reports etc, to establish a picture of construction project deaths each month. Subsequent HSE investigation may determine that some are not reportable under RIDDOR. 

 See our news coverage of all Fatalities 2011/12 to date

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