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    MASSIVE DECLINE IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DEATHS

    HSE data suggests fatal injury numbers heading for historic low

    In July 2016 we reported the HSE notification that there were 43 fatal injuries to workers in construction in 2015/16 compared to 35 in 2014/15 and the five-year average of 43.

    Our review of the HSE “in-year names and details of fatalities” shows that during the first six months of the reporting period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 there were eleven (11) fatalities classified as “construction” (updated 5/15/2016).

    If this trend were to continue throughout the second six months of the accounting period we could see the number of construction deaths falling by over 50% by 31 March 2017.

    The details published by HSE are as follows:

    First Quarter (6 deaths)
    • 28/04/2016 John Cousin (62) – struck by an object (Rosyth)
    • 07/05/2016 Nicholas Hall (34) – struck by a moving vehicle (South Lanarkshire)
    • 11/05/2016 Neil Phillips (45) – fell from height (Exeter)
    • 17/05/2016 Martin Tilby (32) – contact with electricity (Cowbridge)
    • 03/06/2016 Not Stated (58) – contact with something fixed or stationary (East Lindsey)
    • 20/06/2016 Shaun Flynn (36) – struck by a moving vehicle (Northampton)
    Second Quarter (5 deaths)
    • 15/07/2016 Andy Piper (60) – struck by an overturning vehicle (Horsham)
    • 24/08/2016 John Bradley (67) – fell from height (North Lincolnshire)
    • 24/08/2016 Peter Konitzer (63) – trapped by something collapsing (Chippenham)
    • 16/09/2016 Darren Waterman (38) – contact with electricity (East Hertfordshire)
    • 21/09/2016 Joesph Kane (56) – fall from height (Aberdeen City UA)

     

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