4 Aug 2009

Construction - Latest Accident Statistics

Fatal accident statistics

New figures from HSE reveal that the number of people killed at work in Britain has fallen to a record low. Provisional data shows that 53 construction workers were killed between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009.

Judith Hackitt, HSE Chair commented "these statistics are encouraging but there is no magic wand in health and safety. When those running organisations show personal leadership, and when workers are involved in tackling the risks that they face, safety can be improved and lives saved - that is how we can turn this encouraging sign into real sustained improvement."

'One death is too many' - Inquiry into the underlying causes of construction fatal accidents

An Inquiry into the underlying causes of construction fatal accidents was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions in December 2008. The Inquiry arose from concern over the number of construction deaths, to examine what more could be done to tackle the underlying causes.

The Inquiry was chaired by Rita Donaghy CBE FRSA. Her report and recommendations were published on 8 July 2009 and is available for download.

Safe systems of work

9 July 2009 - Construction company fined £150,000 after worker dies and another is seriously injured at Wembley stadium

HSE warned employers to ensure proper procedures are in place to keep staff safe when working on construction sites.

The warning follows the prosecution of PC Harrington Contractors Ltd after an employee died and another was seriously injured during construction works carried out at Wembley Stadium. PC Harrington Contractors Ltd, based in Grays Inn Road, London, pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The court fined the company £150,000 and ordered them to pay full costs of £25,203.

The investigation followed an incident on 15 January 2004, when a platform became dislodged during a lifting operation, causing it to fall and hit two workers. This resulted in the death of one worker, Patrick O' Sullivan and seriously injured another. Both men were working on the building of the concrete superstructure of the stadium at the time.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/ebulletins/july09.htm?ebul=hsegen/03-aug-2009&cr=9 (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence.)

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