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    CONSTRUCTION UNION HIGHLIGHTS FATALITY HOT SPOTS

    UCATT concerned over increase in the number of deaths in selected regions

    The construction union UCATT has analysed HSE fatal injury data and “found that construction deaths in 2010/11 were highest in Eastern England, London, Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands.”

    There were 50 construction fatalities in 2010/11 (a rise from 42 in 2010) and the construction sector has the highest number of workplace deaths in Britain. The union finds the rise particularly disturbing “as the industry remains in the doldrums with workloads relatively low, it is feared that as activity increases, deaths will further rise.”

    UCATT found that the greatest increase in the number of deaths was in Eastern England where the number of construction worker deaths rose from 3 to 10, making it the region with the highest number of deaths in Britain in 2010/11. The number of deaths also increased in London, rising from 5 to 8, Wales and the South West, which increased from 2 to 4, and Yorkshire which increased from 6 to 7.

    Falls from height accounted for 13 deaths and 13 workers died as a result of ‘collapses’ which had not been common in previous years.

    Likely that construction “deaths will rise” 

    George Guy, Acting General Secretary of UCATT, said:

    “The steep rise in construction fatalities is deeply troubling especially given that there has been no obvious recovery in the construction industry. Given the Government’s policies of cutting back on the funding of the Health and Safety Executive and plans to cut crucial safety regulations, it is likely that deaths will rise.”

    As the industry recovers from recession it is almost certain that without adequate enforcement and inspection regimes the number of deaths will increase.”

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