Construction remains one of Britain’s most dangerous sectors
Figures published by HSE today (30 Oct 2013) show the construction industry sector recorded 1,913 major injuries in 2012/13 (156.0 per 100,000 employees) down from 2,124 in 2011/12 (171.8 per 100,000 employees). Falls of almost 10% in both the number and rate of injury
There has been little change in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their jobs – with construction (156.0 major injuries per 100 000 employees) agriculture (239.4 major injuries per 100 000 employees) and waste and recycling (369.8 major injuries per 100 000 employees) among the higher risk sectors.
Heather Bryant, Head of HSE’s Construction Sector, said:
“The figures this year show a fall in the number of serious injuries in construction compared to 2011/12, however construction still remains one of Britain’s most dangerous sectors.
Year on year we are seeing a downward trend but far too many employees are still being killed or seriously injured at work. This is unacceptable when many could have been prevented with simple safety measures.
I have seen some excellent examples of well ran construction sites where a clear focus on safety and risk management has been demonstrated. HSE is continuing to work with the industry to ensure the right health and safety practices are in place to protect workers.”