Apparently, deaths on site are at an all time low! The latest provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive have found that the number of fatalities on site has fallen to a record low.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, thirty workers were killed on site. According to the Construction Enquirer, this “figure is a record low since accurate figures were first compiled in 1974.”

However, despite these low figures, construction still accounts for more deaths in comparison to any other sector. When looking at the overall industry rate, it has been found that over the past five years, the average death rate annually in construction, is four times as high as that of the average.

The news hasn’t been short of tragic reports of on-site deaths either. Two tradespeople were recently killed in a crane collapse on site. Take a look at the full report here.

It’s not just tradespeople being reported to have died on site either. One woman was also killed whilst walking past a construction site. Take a look at the full thing here.

To combat this though, the construction industry has suggested ideas such as introducing hard hat tracking, human free sites and also banning beards.

HSE Chair Martin Temple stated: “every fatality is a tragic event that should not happen.”

“While we are encouraged by this improvement on the previous year, we continue unwaveringly on our mission to prevent injury, death and ill health by protecting people and reducing risks.”

So what do you think? Is safety improving on site? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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