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Fatal falls down to a record low

The number of construction workers killed by falls from height has dropped to the lowest level since detailed records began.
Latest figures from the Health and Safety Commission out today show that falls from height accounted for fewer than 40 per cent of total deaths for the first time since statistics were first compiled in 1996.

Deaths caused by falls fell to 28 in the year to March 31, 2005, accounting for 39 per cent of the 72 fatalities overall, with 18 of those killed after falling from more than 2 m.

During the previous year 39 workers died following falls from height - 55 per cent of all 71 deaths in construction.

Despite the decline, falls remain the industry's biggest killer, ahead of being struck by a moving or falling object, which killed 14 people, or being struck by a vehicle, which took the lives of five workers.

The rate of fatal injuries fell by 3 per cent to 3.5 per hundred thousand workers, the lowest level for 13 years. Fatal injuries to employees rose to 57 from 52 in the previous 12 months but the number of self-employed killed fell from 19 to 15.

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