Construction deaths fall to record low

Construction deaths have fallen to their lowest level on record.

Latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show 30 construction workers were killed in 2018/19.

The figure is down on the annual five-year average of 36 and the lowest since modern records begun back in 1981.

Construction is still responsible as a sector for the second highest number of deaths behind agriculture,forestry and fishing.

The fatal injury rate in construction also fell to 1.31 per 100,000 workers which is four times higher than the average rate across all industries.

HSE Chair Martin Temple said: “Today’s release of workplace fatality statistics is a reminder that despite the UK’s world leading position in health and safety, we cannot become complacent as we seek to fulfil our mission in preventing injury, ill health and death at work.”

Construction Enquirer