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    REPORT ON HSE CONSTRUCTION REGULATION

    hselogo1Enforcement increases and health issues rise to top of agenda

    A paper is being presented to the HSE Board on Wednesday 3rd December 2014 providing an update on HSE regulation of the construction industry.

    The report provides a useful summary of HSE work, plans, enforcement, injury and ill-health across the sector.

    The construction industry was severely affected by the recession. Although there was some recovery in 2010, 2012 saw a further decline particularly in private residential and commercial activity, along with industrial construction and repair and maintenance work. Output rose in 2013/14 and continues to grow in this current work year. Housebuilding is showing strong growth, and, supported by infrastructure and private commercial activity, industry forecasters expect the industry to grow through to 2017.

    Jury still out on “embedded cultural change”

    HSE believe that progress continues to be made in reducing injuries arising from construction work.

    In summary:

    “In 2013/14, the provisional number of fatal injuries to workers is 42; a small increase on the previous year, which had been a record low. This equates to a rate of 1.98 per 100,000 workers.

    The rate of major injuries fell to its lowest on record in 2013/14, with a rate of 150.1 major injuries per 100,000 employees. This rate compares with an average major injury rate of 176.8 over the previous five years.

    Ill-health and occupational disease deaths statistics continue to far outweigh those resulting from safety incidents and fatal injury. Although there is some suggestion of an overall downward trend in incidences of ill-health when looking at Labour Force Survey (LFS) data over the last few years, with an estimated 29,000 new cases of work-related ill-health in construction in 2013/14, preventing ill-health during construction work remains an issue.

    Historically as the construction industry has come out recession incident rates increase, in part due to workers entering the industry for the first time, skills shortages and additional hours worked. An increase in incidents has not manifested itself over the last 12 months.

    However, the coming 2-3 years will be a significant test of how far the cultural changes achieved by the industry over the last 10 years are truly embedded. As growth continues all parts of the industry need to be vigilant on its impact on health and safety.”

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