Workplace injuries result in 130,000 days off for construction workers each year, survey finds

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13th December 2018 14:06 - Construction

A survey by Direct Line has revealed insight into accidents in the construction industry – revealing that between 2014 and 2017 workers had to take 392,000 days off work due to injuries sustained on site.

The survey also found that in the past five years (2012-2017) there have been 196 fatal accidents on buildings sites - with over half (49%) fatalities caused by falling from a height.

The most common non-fatal accident were slips, trips and falls on the same level, with 6,149 recorded between 2012 -2017 – this equates to 23% of all accidents. This was followed by injuries caused by handling, lifting or carrying items (5,648  - 22% of all injuries); falls from height (4885 – 19% of all injuries); being struck by a moving object (3051 – 12 % of injuries) and contact with moving machinery (1369 – 5 % of all injuries.

Total number of fatalities lowest in five years

The survey did find, however, that there were fewer fatalities last year than the previous year, down from 47 in 2016 to 30 in 2017/18 - which is the lowest number in the last five years. The number of deaths caused by workers falling from a height decreased by 27%, while the number of fatalities caused by people becoming trapped dropped by 88%.

The research also shed light on the number of injury cases taken to court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In 2015/16 there were a total number of 246 cases brought to trial, while in 2016/17 there were 2016. The number of convictions also dropped from 205 (15/16) to 156 last year. 

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