HSE accused of burying bad news

Construction union UCATT, have accused the Health and Safety Executive of burying bad news by releasing the annual fatality figures today (July 6) coinciding with the Chilcot Report.

The figures reveal a slight overall increase in workplace deaths but a sharp rise in construction fatalities.

In 2015/16 there were 43 construction deaths compared to 35 in 2014/15. More workers are killed in construction compared to any other industry in the UK.

Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary of UCATT, said: “This is clearly a case of burying bad news. At a time when we have huge amounts of political turmoil and the Chilcot Report finally being published, the HSE decided to publish the latest fatality figures. They have effectively brushed them under the carpet. They could and should have waited just a single day.”

Mr Rye added: “Each and every one of these fatalities is an individual tragedy and a family will have been left devastated by the loss of a loved one. If we are to improve safety in our industry we need to properly address the reasons why people continue to die. Hiding the figures will make the situation worse not better.”

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