Construction deaths rise for first time in four years

Grant Prior 13 years ago
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Site fatalities are on the increase for the first time in four years according to figures due to be released this summer.

Provisional statistics compiled by the Health and Safety Executive for the year to April 2011 are understood to show more than the 42 construction fatalities recorded in 2009/10.

It will be the the first time death levels have increased since 2006/07 when 79 people were killed.

HSE sources said recessions often lead to “corner cutting” on safety as contractors are forced to work to much tighter prices.

The official figures are expected to confirm the trend of smaller sites accounting for a greater proportion of deaths with small refurbishment jobs still an accident blackspot.

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