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HSE CONSTRUCTION FATALITY RECORDS: Q1-3 2016/17

Latest HSE fatality records reveal 19 deaths in 9 month period

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

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

HSE reports updated 06/03/2017 show that nineteen (19) deaths occurred involving ‘construction’ during the first 9 months of the reporting period April 2016 – March 2017.

The incident descriptions are classified as follows:

  • Fell from height – 7
  • Struck by a moving vehicle – 4
  • Struck by vehicle overturning – 2
  • Contact with electricity – 2
  • Contact with something fixed or stationary – 2
  • Trapped by something collapsing – 1

Subsequent HSE investigation may determine that some are not reportable under RIDDOR.

Downward trend in construction deaths?

In July 2016 we reported the HSE notification that there were 43 fatal injuries to workers in construction in 2015/16 compared to 35 in 2014/15 and the five-year average of 43.

If the trend revealed during the first 9 months continues throughout the final three months of the accounting period the number of construction deaths may have fallen by over 40% by 31 March 2017.

 

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