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Site deaths drop to record low of 59

THE NUMBER of construction workers killed on site has fallen to its lowest level since records began 13 years ago according, to figures due to be announced today (Thursday) by the Health and Safety Executive.

There were 59 fatal injuries to construction workers in 2005-06 - 10 fewer than 2004-05. The previous low was 65 in 1998-99.

The rate of fatal injuries to workers has fallen to 2.95 per cent, also the lowest ever level, and a drop of 50 per cent since 2000-01.

But deaths among self-employed workers rose from 14 to 17.

Falling from height was still the most common cause of death in the industry last year with 24 fatalities. This was a decrease of two from 2004-05. Of the 24 deaths, 13 resulted from falling f rom a height of more than 2 m.

Among the 59 total deaths, fatalities occurred on a variety of jobs including commercial buildings, domestic projects, highways, roads, airfields and sports centres.

Seven fatalities occurred from the installation of electrical wiring and fitting.

Being struck by a moving vehicle accounted for eight deaths, seven people died from being struck by a moving/falling object, while four died after being trapped by a collapsing/ overturning object.