September 2, 2013 |

The latest HSE statistics have revealed a fall in the number of workers killed in Britain last year.

Provisional data shows that 148 workers were fatally injured between April 2012 and March 2013, compared to 172 in the previous year.

  • There were 39 fatal injuries to workers in construction, 26% lower than the average figure of 53.
  • The overall rate of fatal injury has dropped to 0.5 per 100,000 workers, below the five-year average of 0.6.
  • Britain has had one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers in leading industrial nations in Europe consistently for the last eight years.

Our thoughts:

So do we really need the distraction of a major change in Health and Safety Legislation relating to the Construction Industry in this country?  Couldn’t we just get on with enforcing current Regulations and ACOP that are obviously increasingly effective, perhaps with the added benefit of improved, cohesive and practical guidance from construction specialists from within the HSE?  Never mind the HSE newsletter (which is good), what about a ”˜helpline’ that actually calls you back with an unambiguous answer?