Construction death rates fall by 22 per cent in the UK

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According to data from the Health and Safety Executive the number of construction deaths across the UK fell during 2014-15…

New data has revealed the number of fatalities in the construction sector stood at 35 during 2014-15. This was a reduction on the year before, which saw 44.

The provisional annual data showed fatalities are 22 per cent lower than the average of 45 over the last five years.

Among construction workers the fatality rates improved from 1.62 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to 1.98 last year. The five-year average stood at 2.07.

Additionally, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released figures on the deaths from Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Across Britain a total of 2,538 people died of the disease in 2013. In 2012 the figure was 2,548 and in 2011 it was 2,291.

Overall the statistics reveal the UK is one of the safest places in Europe to work in the construction sector.

Judith Hackitt, the HSE chair, said: “Every fatality is a tragic event and our commitment to preventing loss of life in the workplace remains unaltered. All workplace fatalities drive HSE to develop even more effective interventions to reduce death, injury and ill health.”

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