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Fatal Injuries Rise in Construction Industry

Recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that the number of construction workers fatally injured at work has risen in the last year.

Huge heights, heavy machinery, and dangerous equipment all combine to make construction one of the UK’s most dangerous industries, and the HSE data shows that accidents are still having a serious impact on people who work in the sector.

The figures revealed that between April 2013 and March 2014, construction sustained the highest rate of worker fatalities of any industry with 42 workers fatally injured at work, an increase on the previous year (39). While the figures showed an annual increase, fatalities still remain below the five-year average of 46 deaths, showing that on the whole workplaces are steadily getting safer.

Of the 42 construction workers fatally injured in the last year, 28 were employees, whilst 14 were self-employed. The biggest increase in construction fatalities was revealed to be the North West, where deaths rose from 2 to 5 in just a year.

Falls from height were overwhelmingly the biggest cause of fatal injuries in construction, resulting in 50% of all worker fatalities in 2013/14. Construction workers are at particularly high risk of injury, with falls from ladders, roofs and scaffolding all accounting for a large percentage of fatalities in the industry.

Roofers, scaffolders and plumbers are reported to be the most likely to face risks at work, with the highest number of fatalities occurring to construction workers aged 45 and 54 (13 deaths) closely followed by workers aged 55-64 (10 deaths).

Unfortunately, construction fatalities do happen and we often find that they could have been prevented by safer working conditions and/or enforced regulations.

We understand that fatalities are particularly distressing and devastating for anyone who has lost a loved one in a construction accident, and you may wish to make a claim against the party at fault. While no amount of money will ever compensate you for the loss of someone close to you, a claim could relieve financial worry and stress put on you and your family following a fatal accident.

Express Solicitors are experienced in dealing with complicated and high value claims such as these, as well as providing you with the comfort and support needed after bereavement.

Start your claim today and call us on 0161 904 4660


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