Figures Show Increase In Construction Deaths

10th July 2014

Construction union UCATT has slammed the latest figures which showed a rise in construction deaths.

The union is warning it "could mark the beginning of a steady rise in fatalities".

The number of construction fatalities for 2013/14 increased to 42, however the overall number of workplace deaths reached an all-time low.

UCATT have continually warned that rising workplace activity resulting in an increased number of inexperienced companies and workers entering the industry, together with the Government’s attacks on the Health and Safety Executive and safety laws, is making the industry more dangerous

Steve Murphy General Secretary of UCATT, said: "Each of these deaths was a terrible tragedy where someone’s loved one went to work one day and never came home. Sadly in the vast majority of cases these fatalities could have been easily prevented.

"The rise in fatalities should send a chill through the industry and it corresponds with a very modest upturn in construction. All the previous evidence shows that as the industry gets busier deaths and accidents increase. These dangers are being exacerbated by the massive cuts that the Government have made to the HSE’s budget and their continued attack on safety laws and regulations."