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Construction deaths fall by 21pc

The number of construction workers killed at work has fallen by 21 per cent since last year according to a new report by the Health and Safety Executive.

A total of 41 construction workers died at work this year compared to 52 in 2008/09 - a significant drop on the average of 66 deaths per year over the past five years.            

The rate of fatal injuries in the sector was 2.0 per 100,000 workers, making it one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.

Of the 41 construction workers killed, 29 were employees and 12 were self employed people.

Four members of the public were also killed in accidents connected to work in the sector.

HSE’s chief inspector of construction Philp White, said: “While it’s heartening to see a continued reduction in the number of deaths in construction, it’s tempered by the fact that 41 workers failed to come home to their families last year because of avoidable safety failings.

“Construction continues to be one of the most dangerous industries in Great Britain and employers and workers must continue to take an uncompromising approach to safety.

“It’s too soon to say that the decrease in fatalities is down to any particular reason, but it is imperative that as the economy recovers, health and safety is seen as a priority – we know from past experience that economic recoveries tend to lead to an increase in worker deaths.”