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    CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FATALITIES FALLING

    HSE fatality records for 2018/19 indicate significant reduction in deaths

    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 (as updated 05/05/2019) show that twenty eight (28) worker deaths occurred involving ‘construction’ during the 12 month reporting period April 2018 – March 2019 inclusive.

    The reports indicate that the five types of incident below account for 100% of all construction industry fatal injuries and that falls from height and being struck by a moving vehicle or object account for 75% of deaths.

    Descriptions of the 28 incidents are classified by HSE as follows:

    • FELL – from height – 12
    • STRUCK – by a moving vehicle (7) or an object (2) – 9
    • TRAPPED – by something collapsing – 3
    • ELECTRICITY contact with – 2
    • FIRE – following a fire – 2

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

    Number of deaths set to show 25% fall

    In 20017/18 HSE published statistics showed a total of 38 worker deaths.

    The number of deaths recorded by HSE during the 2018/19 suggest there could be a fall of over 25% in the number site fatalities.

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

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