There have been significant reductions in the numbers and rates 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 accounted for 31% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major/specified injuries.
The latest results in construction show:
- there has been a substantial reduction in the number of fatal injuries in construction in the last 40 years;
- nevertheless there were 42 fatal injuries to workers ‑ 14 of these fatalities were to the self-employed. This compares with an average of 46 over the previous five years – including an average of 17 to the self-employed (RIDDOR);
- there were an estimated 76 000 total cases of work-related ill health, of which 31 000 were new cases (LFS);
- an estimated 2.3 million working days were lost in 2013/14, 1.7 million due to ill health and 592 000 due to workplace injury, making a total of 1.1 days lost per worker (LFS);
- injuries and new cases of ill health resulting largely from current working conditions in workers in construction cost society over £1.1 billion a year.
Numbers of fatal injuries to employees (RIDDOR) 1974 to 2013/14p