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    DECLINE IN NUMBER OF SITE DEATHS SLOWS IN 2015/16

    Reports to HSE suggest reduction in construction fatalities stalled

    HSE publish information on In-year Work-related Deaths which provides a collated picture of ‘as reported’ information on fatalities – updated on a monthly basis.

    The information does not purport to be a formal statistical release and subsequent HSE investigation may determine that some are not reportable under RIDDOR. Other deaths shown may have been caused by gas incidents in the home. In such cases these deaths will not be counted in the HSE statistics for workplace fatal injuries. HSE add that:

    “Third parties provide this information when notifying these incidents to HSE. We will verify its accuracy (e.g. the name and age of the deceased) when the incident is investigated and as more information becomes available. Although we may have done some validation of the notifier’s information prior to publication on these web pages we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all details. Therefore we apologise to relatives of the deceased should any errors, such as an incorrectly spelt name, cause distress.”

    Analysis of construction fatality records 2015/2016

    The information regarding fatalities across all work sectors for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 is now published on the HSE website.

    We have extracted the Records for the Construction Sector which suggest:

    • Worker Deaths – 34 worker deaths during this period compared to 35 deaths in the same period during 2014/15;
    • Public Deaths – 1 death reported as involving a member of the public which involved something collapsing;
    • Falls from Height –  falls from height account for 13 of the 35 deaths;
    • Struck by Object or Collapse  – being struck by an object (7) or trapped by something collapsing (5) account for 12 deaths;
    • Electricity – contact with electricity is ascribed to 5 incidents;
    • Vehicles – struck by a moving vehicle was involved in 3 deaths; and
    • Others – the remaining 2 worker deaths involved machinery (1) and asphyxiation (1).

    The distribution between ‘kind of injury’ revealed by the HSE information is consistent with early years.

    The level of detail provided is minimal but other intelligence suggests that work at height and work relating to lifting operations and demolition figure prominently in construction sector fatalities.

     

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