Construction fatalities fall

Fatal accidents involving construction workers fell in 2014 but the sector still had the highest number of workplace deaths, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported.

Provisional annual data released by the HSE on 1 July revealed that 142 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2014 and March 2015.

The figure was slightly higher than last year’s all-time low of 136 deaths but confirm the UK as being one of the safest places in the world to work, with one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers in leading industrial nations. The figures also showed there were:

  • 35 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded, compared to an average of 45 deaths a year in the past five years
  • there were 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers
  • five waste and recycling workers suffered fatal injuries.

HSE chair Judith Hackitt said: “It is disappointing last year’s performance on fatal injuries has not been matched, but the trend continues to be one of improvement. Every fatality is a tragic event and our commitment to preventing loss of life in the workplace remains unaltered.”

Palmers’ partner Jeremy Sirrell, whose expertise includes representation in health and safety prosecutions, said: “These statistics provide a timely reminder to construction and other businesses that it is vital that they maintain health and safety standards, in all aspects of their operations and at all times, to protect their workers, as well as customers, visitors and members of the public.

“Palmers can provide expert advice on compliance with health and safety law and we have extensive experience in representing businesses and individuals in the event of an investigation or prosecution. For more information, please contact us.”