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Boffins investigate Scottish site deaths

A CONSORTIUM set up to explore the reasons behind the high death and major injury rate on Scottish construction sites has delivered its first findings.

The team consisting of Glasgow Caledonian University Warwick University and safety consultant Bomel reported to a steering group made up of a host of senior industry figures.

Recent statistics compiled by the HSE had shown that workers north of the border were 50 per cent more likely to be killed on site than those in England and Wales.

But initial calculations by the investigating body suggest the figure is closer to 25 per cent after mainly office-based employees on site are removed from official statistics.

Project head Dr Iain Cameron, of Glasgow Caledonian University, said: 'The figures go some way to allay Scotland's concern but by no means dampen the need for our initiative to find out where exactly the industry is going wrong here.'

The report will be completed in May 2005.