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Construction fatal and injury rate reducing, but industry still short of summit targets

HSE InfoLine : 08 November, 2005  (New Product)
Statistics released today by the Health and Safety Executive show the rate of fatal and major injuries in the construction industry is reducing.
The Health and Safety Statistics 2004/05 report shows the rate of reported fatal and major injuries in construction between 1999/2000 and 2004/05 has reduced by around 24%.

When comparing rates of over-3-day injury, there has been a reduction of around 15% across all industries between 1999/2000 and 2004/05. In construction the rate has dropped by 35%.

Evidence suggests the Revitalising targets to reduce the incidence rate of work-related ill health by 10% from 1999/2000, and number of days lost per worker due to work related injury and ill health by 15% from 2000-2, are probably being achieved.

Commenting on the statistics, Chief Inspector of Construction, Stephen Williams said: 'My congratulations go out to the industry on the progress it has made so far. I am pleased to see the encouraging signs that it has taken ownership of its health and safety performance and worked hard to achieve the lowest incidence rate ever for fatal and over 3 day injuries. It is on target to exceed the 'all industry' Revitalising targets set in 2000, but it is yet to meet its own challenging targets set at the 2001 Construction Summit.

'Difficult challenges still face the industry, and it must continue to show leadership in taking further action to drive through the cultural and behavioural changes needed for further improvement. Falls from height are still a major concern, accounting for almost 40% of the 71 workers who were killed in 2004/5. Each death is still one too many and simple measures could have prevented them. I want to see an industry that gets health and safety right first time, right from the start and with the right people involved.

'Work-related ill health affects a significant number of construction workers; the sector has one of the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders of all industries and needs to control the risks to its workers more effectively. HSE will continue working in partnership with the industry to gain improvements in the management of occupational health, as well as the issues it faces with safety.'
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