Ucatt criticises high death volumes in construction

Although the number of workers in the construction sector who died in the 2011 to 2012 financial year is lower than that seen in the previous 12 months, the figure is still too high.

This is according to the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Ucatt), which highlighted provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that found 49 employees in building firms suffered a fatal accident in the workplace during the last fiscal year, compared with 2010 to 2011’s figure of 50.

Overall, 173 people in the UK were fatally injured while working, which corresponds to a rate of 0.6 deaths for every 100,000 employees.

However, among directly-employed construction personnel, this proportion hits two in every 100,000 people, jumping to 2.4 per 100,000 among self-employed individuals in the industry.

Ucatt pointed out the number of people employed in the sector fell by 71,000 in the last year.

“Deaths remain far too high, especially given the declining number of people working in the industry,” general secretary of the organisation Steve Murphy declared.

“As the construction industry recovers, deaths are likely to increase substantially,” he predicted.

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