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    CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES ANALYSIS 2010/11

    HSE records and intelligence reveals pattern of UK construction project deaths

    Each month we report on the deaths that occur on construction projects using the HSE in-year details of all deaths at work under their jurisdiction. The HSE information is ‘as reported’ by third parties and does not purport to be a formal statistical release.

    The data for 2010/11 has now been used in conjunction with press reports etc, to establish the picture of construction project deaths during the full period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. See below.

    We estimate that 52 construction project related deaths occurred during the period. Our immediate observations are:

    1. Falls from height remain the principal cause of deaths and the majority involve falls from roofs on smaller projects;
    2. Struck by vehicles or mobile plant is the second biggest cause. These deaths tend to occur on larger projects and often involve roadworks and lorrys/vans reversing near sites; 
    3. Excavation deaths occur on smaller projects and four workmen died in one incident;
    4. Falling or moving objects incidents often involve materials falling from vehicles; and
    5. Structural collapse deaths occured on only two projects with two workers losing their lives in each incident.

    The official provisional HSE data on UK fatalities at work will be published in the coming month.  

    Fatalities on construction projects in 2010/2011

    These records are from the HSE database of in-year fatalities. The links provide more detail from press reports etc. In some cases we have been unable to secure information beyond that provided in the HSE database. 

    Falls from height 

     Struck by vehicles or mobile plant 

    Excavations 

     Falling or objects 

     Structural collapse 

     Electrocution 

     Carbon monoxide

     Crushed by installations

     Others

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