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NSCC: Construction fatalities at seven year low

The number of workplace injuries has fallen to its lowest ever rate, according to a survey by the National Specialist Contractors’ Council.

The NSCC’s Accident Survey, covering 157,000 workers, showed a fatality rate of 0.6 per 100,000, while the major injury rate was 163.5 per 100,000.

Injury rates across the board were at their lowest levels since the survey began in 2003/2004. The major injury rate down 47 per cent compared with last year alone.

Over half of all accidents resulted from either handling, lifting and carrying or slip and trips. The NSCC said this was consistent with all industries in the UK and the construction sector as a whole.

The NSCC’s figures contrast favourably with the Health and Safety Executive’s own data where the fatality rate for the same period was 2.2 per 100,000 workers, compared with NSCC members’ rate of 0.6. The NSCC’s major injury rate of 163.5 per 100,000 workers, compares with HSE figures of 230.0 per 100,000 workers.

NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol said: “NSCC is committed to reducing accidents within the construction industry and these results from almost 3,000 Specialist Contractors demonstrate the attention paid to managing health and safety and protecting the workforce. The collation of accident information is a requirement of NSCC membership and we will continue to work with all of our member organisations in 2010/11 to improve on the success of this year’s survey and show that NSCC Specialist Contractors have a better safety record than non-members.”

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