Construction sites more deadly for workersApr 17, 2011 // Christian Reynolds
The number of construction-related deaths has increased for the first time in four years, new statistics show.
According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) around 42 fatalities occurred on constructions sites in 2009/10, which is likely to be a little more when reviewed.
Health and safety on construction sites was beginning to improve with the number of deaths decreasing since striking its peak in 2006/07, when a total of 79 people that year were killed on construction sites. This figure was branded particularly disappointing during the recent and current recession as fatalities usually drop in line with activity.
Chief construction inspector Philip White acknowledged that the shocking number of deaths is a result of “cutting corners” during the recession.
HSE figures showed that the majority of fatal accidents occurred at smaller construction jobs and it was found that 69% of all construction-related deaths happened in the refurbishment, repair and maintenance industries.
These figures illustrate the importance of ensuring proper safety practices are present whilst working in the construction industry. An illness, injury or possible death on a construction site could cause a number of future problems for many tradesman insurance holders.