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Construction worker deaths fall 26pc

The number of construction workers killed in 2008/09 dropped 26 per cent on the previous year, figures published by the Health and Safety Executive today revealed.

Provisional figures from the HSE from 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009 show that 53 workers were killed down from 72 workers in 2007/08.

The HSE figures show 33 deaths to employees and 20 deaths to self employed people.

The rate of fatal injury in construction was 2.4 per 100,000 workers down on the five year average for the sector of 3.4.

HSE chief Inspector of construction Phillip White said:

“”We very much welcome any reduction in the number of construction workers being fatally injured. But the fact that 53 construction workers failed to come home from their jobs last year because of avoidable safety failings is a terrible tragedy, not a cause for celebration.

“It is too soon to say that this is part of an acceleration of the long-term downward trend or to pin point any single reason why the number of fatalities has fallen.”

CONSTRUCTION DEATH FIGURES - Last five years

  • 2007/08 - 72 workers died
  • 2006/07 - 79 workers died
  • 2005/06 - 60 workers died
  • 2004/05 - 69 workers died
  • 2003/04 - 71 workers died

Source: HSE