Construction deaths up

first_imgConstruction deaths upOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Figures show the building industry clearly needs to examine its safetyrecordMore workers died on building sites in the past nine months on record thanin the whole of the previous 12 months, leading to serious concerns aboutsafety in the construction trade, the Health and Safety Commission has said. From last March to December 2001, a total of 86 workers were killed onconstruction sites, compared with 85 workers killed between April 1999 andMarch 2000. The 1999/2000 figure also showed a substantial increase on statistics forthe previous year, in which 68 people were killed on construction sites, saidthe commission. But the number of accidents in the sector also increased – although lesssharply, with 5,040 people suffering major injuries in 1999/2000 and 10,292suffering injuries that kept them off work for more than three days. This compared with 5,034 and 9,576 respectively reported the year before. Nevertheless, construction workers were six times more likely to have anaccident at work than the average British worker, said the HSC. The manufacturing sector reported 46 worker deaths in the nine months toDecember 2000, with 39 deaths reported in agriculture and 51 deaths in theservice industries. The sharp rise in the fatalities in the construction sector has led the HSCto challenge the industry to improve its health and safety record. Health and Safety Commission chairman Bill Callaghan called on the industryto commit itself to action, urging those within construction to draw up theirown action plans to meet Government safety targets. “We know what kills people and we know how to prevent accidents, but wecan’t have a health and safety inspector on all of the million or soconstruction sites,” he said. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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