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    CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DEATHS: THE ‘BIG THREE’

    HSE in-year fatalities for 2017/18 may indicate upward trend

    HSE publish each month the in-year details of all deaths at work under their jurisdiction including those occurring on construction projects.

    The information is ‘as reported’ by third parties and does not purport to be a formal statistical release.

    HSE reports updated 14/05/2017 show that thirty four (34) worker deaths occurred involving ‘construction’ during the 12 month reporting period April 2017 – March 2018 inclusive. The reports indicate that three types of incident account for 94% of all construction industry fatal injuries.

    Descriptions of the 34 incidents are classified as follows:

    • FELL – from height – 17
    • STRUCK – by an object (6) or moving vehicle (2) – 8
    • TRAPPED – by something collapsing – 7
    • Other – 2

    The reports also reveal that 2 members of the public died as a result of construction activities. One death involved falling from height and the other involved a moving vehicle.

    Subsequent HSE investigation may determine that some of the deaths are not reportable under RIDDOR.

    Number of deaths set to show 12% increase

    In July 2017 we reported the HSE notification that there were a record low number of 30 fatal injuries to workers in construction in 2016/17. This was compared to the annual average for the past five years of 39 deaths.

    If the above in year reports for 2017/18 are confirmed in the HSE final statistical release the number of worker deaths in construction will have risen by 12% between March 2017 and April 2018.

    In past years a rise in the number of worker deaths has also been associated with a rise in the worker fatal injury frequency rate i.e. deaths per 100,000 persons employed.

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