There have been significant reductions in the number and rate of injury over the last 20 years or more. Nevertheless, construction remains a high risk industry. Although it accounts for only about 5% of the employees in Britain it accounts for 27% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major injuries.
The latest results in construction show:
- 39 fatal injuries to workers. 12 of these fatalities were to the self-employed. This compares with an average of 53 over the previous five years - including an average of 18 to the self-employed (RIDDOR);
- About 3 700 occupational cancer cases are estimated to arise each year as a result of past exposures in the construction sector (CAN04);
- There were an estimated 74 thousand total cases and 31 thousand new cases of work-related ill health (LFS, 2012);
- An estimated 1.4 million working days were lost in 2011/12, 818 thousand due to ill health and 584 thousand due to workplace injury, making a total of 0.7 days lost per worker (LFS, 2012).
Long term trends in rates of fatal injuries to workers, 1981 - 2012/13 (RIDDOR)