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    INJURY AND ILL-HEALTH STATISTICS 2013/14

    Construction rate of injury falling despite poorly managed risks

    Statistics published today (29/10/14) show that for All Industries an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14. The cost to society from such injuries and new cases of ill health due to current working conditions is an estimated £14.2 billion.

    The HSE provide a Summary of Construction Statistics 2013/14 which states that:

    “There have been significant reductions in the numbers and rates of injury over the last 20 years or more. Nevertheless, construction remains a high risk industry. Although it accounts for only about 5% of the employees in Britain it accounted for 31% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major/specified injuries.”

    Avoid any feeling that it is ‘job done’

    The latest results in construction show:

    • Long-term trend – there has been a substantial reduction in the number of fatal injuries in construction in the last 40 years;
    • Deaths – there were 42 fatal injuries to workers (14 self-employed) compared with an average of 46 over the previous five years and an average of 17 to the self-employed;
    • Ill-health – there were an estimated 76 000 total cases of work-related ill health, of which 31 000 were new cases;
    • Days Lost – an estimated 2.3 million working days were lost in 2013/14, 1.7 million due to ill health and 592 000 due to workplace injury, making a total of 1.1 days lost per worker;
    • Societal cost – injuries and new cases of ill health resulting largely from current working conditions in workers in construction cost society over £1.1 billion a year.

    Philip White, HSE head of construction sector said:

    “Another decrease in the rate of injuries in construction is clearly welcome, but I would urge the industry to avoid any feeling that it is ‘job done’.

    Construction remains one of Britain’s most dangerous sectors and initial analysis of the level of enforcement action in HSE’s recent refurbishment campaign confirms that there are still far too many poorly managed risks on sites around the country.

    Disappointingly, most of these risks are well known and have straightforward precautions. We will continue to work with the industry to develop sensible standards and promote risk awareness and control, while holding to account those that harm their workers and the public.”

     

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