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Construction worker deaths down more than 50%

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Construction workplace fatalities were down more than 50% in the first quater of the 2018/19 year compared to the same time last year.

Statistics published by Health & Safety Executive (HSE) this morning show that in the first quarter of the 2018/19 year (April to June) 27 workers and 13 members of the public have died in fatal workplace accidents across all sectors. 

In total five construction workers died on site, accounting for 18% of all fatal workplace accidents in the first quarter. In the same period last year, there were 13 construction worker deaths accounting for 36% of total accidents. 


In the year April 2017 to April 2018, 38 construction workers died in their workplace – accounting for 26% of all work place fatalities.  While on the previous year a total of 31 workers died from fatal workplace accidents.  



A total of 144 fatalities were recorded across all sectors from April 2017 to April 2018, with falls from height being the main cause of workplace deaths accounting for 24% of all accidents.  

Being struck by a moving vehicle was the second most common cause of death.  

The statistics do not include deaths caused by ‘‘natural causes’’, usually heart attacks or strokes, unless brought on by trauma due to an accident. 

The total of 144 deaths across all sectors represents an increase on the previous year by nine fatalities. The HSE report states that this increase can be explained “by natural variation in the figures”.  

Deaths in construction peaked in 1989, when 154 workers died. The change from 1989 to 2018 represents a 75% drop in fatalities. 

In addition to the 144 workplace fatalities, 100 members of the public were killed due to work related activities across all sectors in 2017/18.  

There were also 609,000 self-reported non-fatal injuries to workers in 2016/17 across all sectors meaning there was one fatal accident for every 4,200 non-fatal accidents in the UK. 

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Pity that NCE couldn’t find a picture of a British construction site!

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  • Simon Dunstan beat me to it! However the statistics are excellent news for an industry with a slightly chequered accident history

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  • Great news. Regarding the non-British picture - perhaps the editor is trying to make a point as the support system blow the intermediate slab looks rather Heath Robinson and I cannot believe it has been designed to be as we see it. Temporary Works are still the poor relation.

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