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    STATISTICS: LATEST CONSTRUCTION FATALITY DATA

    hselogo1Deaths in construction sector fall by over 20% during 2014/15

    Provisional annual data released today by HSE reveals 142 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2014 and March 2015 (a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers). This compares to the 2013/14 all-time low of 136 (0.45 fatalities per 100,000 workers).

    HSE say the statistics confirm the UK has one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers in leading industrial nations.

    Construction – number of deaths and rate at all time lows

    The latest headline data for the construction sector in 2014/15 reveal:

    • Number of deaths – 35 fatal injuries to construction workers which is 22 % lower than the five year average of 45 deaths; and
    • Rate of deaths – 1.62 deaths per 100,000 construction workers compared to a five – year average of 2.07

    These figures are provisional but if confirmed later in the year will represent the lowest number and rate of construction worker deaths on record.

    The previous low was in 2012/13 when there were 39 construction worker fatal injuries representing a rate of 1.9 deaths per 100,000 construction workers.

    Systems and framework remain strong

    Judith Hackitt, HSE Chair, commented on the overall performance of all major sectors::

    “It is disappointing last year’s performance on fatal injuries has not been matched, but the trend continues to be one of improvement. Our systems and our framework remain strong as demonstrated by our performance in comparison to other countries.

    Every fatality is a tragic event and our commitment to preventing loss of life in the workplace remains unaltered. All workplace fatalities drive HSE to develop even more effective interventions to reduce death, injury and ill-health.”

    A more detailed assessment of the data will be provided as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics release at the end of October. As this draws on HSE’s full range of sources, including changes in non-fatal injuries and health trends, and will provide a richer picture on trends.

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