Construction deaths rise in the South East

Research undertaken by construction union UCATT has found that construction deaths in South East England increased last year.

In 2011/12 there were 7 fatal construction accidents in the South East, compared to 5 in the previous reporting year of 2010/11.

In 2011/12 there was a total of 49 construction fatalities, this was one fewer than in 2010/11. However, because of the decline in the number of people working in the industry, due to the recession, the overall fatality rate remains unchanged.

Jerry Swain, Regional Secretary for UCATT’s London and South East Region, said: “Construction deaths are far too high. Each and every one of these deaths is an individual tragedy. Sadly, too many people in the industry fail to take safety seriously, resulting in many easily preventable accidents.”

Mr Swain added: “Employers who cut corners on safety need to be exposed and prosecuted. By naming and shaming companies who risk workers’ lives, it will force the industry to take safety seriously.”

The most common form of fatality was falls from heights, 27 workers (56% of those killed last year) suffered this form of injury.

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