UCATT response to slight drop in construction industry deaths

Construction union UCATT welcomes the latest figures released by the Health & Safety Executive which show a 17 per cent drop in deaths occurring in the UK construction industry.

This year 35 people died working in the UK construction industry, as opposed to 42 in 2013/14.

However, UCATT Acting General Secretary, Brian Rye issued words of warning: “Fewer deaths in construction will be welcomed by all those who on a daily basis work in our successful but often hazardous industry. This union has always campaigned long and hard for improvements in health and safety checks in the UK construction industry,. This union will remain vigilant at all times to ensure employers prove more than adequate safety provision for British construction workers.”

Mr Rye added: “Each death in the construction industry is a failure of some aspect of Health & Safety. Despite the fewer deaths last year, everyone working in construction must continue to strive for a time when we can report no deaths in British construction.”

Some of the figures released by the Health & Safety Executive:

•    Almost half the fatal injury cases were caused by a fall from heights
•    The worker injury rate in the construction industry is 3.5 times the average rate across all industries
•    Annually around 65,000 construction workers sustained an injury at work
•    A quarter of the above injuries resulted in a 7 day period off work
•    Over half the injuries are a fall from a height, or a trip or fall on the level


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