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Fatalities halved among specialist contractors

Fatalities among specialist contractors have fallen by 50 per cent in the last nine years, according to new data released by the National Specialist Contractor’s Council today.

The data shows that the fatality rate has fallen by 50 per cent, the major injury rate by 43 per cent and the over 3-day rate by 60 per cent since the NSCC started collecting accident information nine years ago.

In 2012 the NSCC fatal injury rate was 1.8 per 100,000 workers compared with the industry rate of 2.3 per 100,000 workers as reported by the HSE. The NSCC major injury rate was 204.1 per 100,000 workers and the over 3-day injury rate was 496.0 per 100,000 workers, which fell by 22 per cent from 2010/11.

NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol said: “Construction is a high risk industry but the success of the Olympic Delivery Authority in delivering the Olympic Park with no fatalities and a below average accident rate proves that, if we make health and safety on site a priority, we can successfully reduce the number of accidents that occur.

“By collating accident information from the specialist sector, NSCC is able to identify trends and tailor the guidance and support available to members to reduce the risk of similar accidents recurring in the future.”

Almost half of all accidents occurring to NSCC Specialist Contractors resulted from either handling, lifting and carrying or slip and trips, which is consistent with all industries in the UK, including construction.

More than 2,300 businesses provided information for the survey, demonstrating the continued importance placed by the specialist sector on benchmarking and improving health and safety in the workplace. The size of the workforce covered by the survey increased to over 112,000 operatives compared to 98,000 in 2010/11, which NSCC said was an indication that employment levels within the specialist sector have stabilised.

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