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Concerning rise in construction fatalities

07 July 2024

THE LATEST figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show a rise in the the number of work-related fatalities.

The report was released on 3 July 2024 and shows a total of 138 workers lost their lives as a result of work-related accidents between April 2023 and March 2024, whidh is an increase of two deaths from last year. 

The construction and agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors continue to account for the greatest number of workers killed in fatal accidents each year, between them accounting for just over half of all fatal injuries to workers in 2023/24.

The number of fatalities in construction in 2023/24 was 51, an increase of 4 from the previous year total (47). The five-year average for fatal injuries in this sector is 42. While the number of fatalities fluctuates year-on-year, the average number of worker deaths in construction in the latest 2 years is statistically significantly higher than the pre-pandemic period (2016/17- 2018/19)

Male workers continue to account for the vast majority of fatal injuries, with 95% of workers fatally injured in 2023/24 being men, a similar proportion to earlier years. Furthermore, deaths to workers aged 60 and over continue to account for a substantial proportion of the total - 34% in 2023/24.

The most common kinds of fatal accidents to workers continue as falls from a height, struck by moving vehicle, and struck by moving object, between them accounting for around 70% of fatal injuries to workers in 2023/24. The report shows that 50 fatal injuries were due to falls from a height accounting for 36% of all worker deaths over the year. This proportion is slightly elevated from previous years, and falls from a height remains the lead cause of fatal injury to workers.

Some 87 members of the public were also killed in work-related accidents in 2023/24 (excludes deaths due to work-related accidents to ‘patients and service users’ in the healthcare and adult social care sectors in England reportable under RIDDOR.

You can see an overview of the statistics here.