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    CONSTRUCTION SITE DEATHS SET TO FALL?

    HSE in-year fatality records for 2018/19 suggest significant reduction

    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 (as updated 05/03/2019) show that eighteen (18) worker deaths occurred involving ‘construction’ during the first 10 months of the reporting period April 2018 – March 2019 inclusive.

    The reports indicate that four types of incident account for 100% of all construction industry fatal injuries.

    Descriptions of the 18 incidents are classified as follows:

    • FELL – from height – 8
    • STRUCK – by a moving vehicle (5) or an object (1) – 6
    • TRAPPED – by something collapsing – 2
    • ELECTRICITY contact with – 2

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

    Number of deaths set to show 40% fall

    In 20017/18 HSE published statistics showed a total of 38 worker deaths.

    The number of deaths recorded by HSE during the first 10 months of 2018/19 suggest there could be a fall of 40% in the number site fatalities.

    In past years a fall in the number of worker deaths has also been associated with a fall in the worker fatal injury frequency rate i.e. deaths per 100,000 persons employed.

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