The rate of injury in the construction industry dropped slightly over the past year, according to new figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The statistics show incidents reported under the RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) system. These include fatalities, major injuries and ‘over seven-day injuries’.
The total number of RIDDOR injuries among construction workers increased to 5,221 from 5,176 in 2012/13.
But the rate dropped to 412.4 per 100,000 employees in 2013/14, down from 422.0 per 100,000 the previous year.
In July, the HSE revealed the number of fatalities in construction had increased to 42 in 2013/14, up from 39 in 2012/13.
There were 1,900 major injuries among construction employees, compared with 1,937 in 2012/13.
The rate of major injuries was 150.1 per 100,000 construction employees, down from 157.9 the previous year.
Among self-employed construction workers, the total number of injuries increased to 1,300 from 1,087 in 2012/13.
HSE head of construction sector Philip White said: “Another decrease in the rate of injuries in construction is clearly welcome, but I would urge the industry to avoid any feeling that it is ‘job done’.
“Construction remains one of Britain’s most dangerous sectors and initial analysis of the level of enforcement action in HSE’s recent refurbishment campaign confirms that there are still far too many poorly managed risks on sites around the country.
“Disappointingly, most of these risks are well known and have straightforward precautions.”
The HSE is running a live Twitter debate on the statistics this Friday (31 October).