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Construction injuries down 25 pc

Major injuries per 100,000 employees in the construction industry have fallen by a quarter since 2007/08, new statistics revealed today.

According to the Health and Safety Executive Annual Statistics Report, 173.2 major injuries - such as amputations, fractures and burns - were recorded per 1,000 construction workers last year, a drop of 25 per cent since 2007/08 and down from 180.5 incidents per 1,000 workers in 2009/10.

The figure represents around 9 per cent of reported major injuries across all industries in 2010/11 while construction employs five per  cent of the total workforce.

The HSE figures also confirmed that 50 people were killed on site last year.

Fatal injuries are down by two-thirds on 20 years ago but up 22 per cent on 2009/10.

HSE estimates that 5,000 occupational cancer cases arise each year as a result of past exposures in the construction sector and an estimated 36,000 new cases of work related ill health were recorded.

In all around 2.3 million working days were lost due to self-reported work-related illness or workplace injury.

Over three quarters of this was due to health problems and only a quarter due to injuries.

This equates to 1.1 days lost per worker.

HSE chair Judith Hackitt said:  “The fall in the number of people being injured by work is of course to be welcomed but we did also see an increase in the number of fatalities during the year.

“Britain can be proud that it has one of the best health and safety records in Europe but as the increase in the number of fatalities makes clear we can never let up in our commitment to addressing the serious risks which continue to cause death and injury in workplaces.

“HSE will continue to work with employers, employees and other organisations to maintain and, where necessary improve, health and safety standards. We all have a responsibility to make sure serious workplace risks are sensibly managed.”

To view CN’s updated map of construciton fatalities, including 19 deaths from 2011/12, click here

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