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Self-employed worker deaths climb despite huge fall in total fatality numbers

The number of self-employed workers killed last year increased, despite a 26 per cent fall in the industry’s death toll, analysis from construction union Ucatt has shown.

There were 53 workers killed in the year to April and, according to Ucatt, 20 of these were self-employed – a 5 per cent increase on the 19 self-employed worker fatalities recorded the year prior.

The number of employee deaths for the year plummeted from 53 to 33.

Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie said: “Ucatt has repeatedly argued that self-employed workers are at greater danger of being killed and injured at work. The latest figures underline this fact.”