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Home > News > Health and Safety Executive professionals report an increase in fatal accidents

19th March 2012

Health and Safety Executive professionals report an increase in fatal accidents

This week, the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) have reported their concerns that for the first time in 5 years, the number of fatal accidents at work has risen.

People killed and seriously injured from April 2010 to April 2011

The BBC website reported on the latest figures published by the HSE, which confirmed that 50 people were killed in workplace accidents during the last full reporting year. This was up from 41 fatalities in the previous 12-month period. An additional 2,298 people were seriously injured in accidents at work during that same period.

Small refurbishment projects present the greatest danger

More than half of the 50 died on small refurbishment sites. One of the reasons for this might be that the contractors who run smaller projects may not have sufficient knowledge of their health and safety responsibilities.

Small refurbishment projects, particularly those carried out on houses, can often uncover hidden existing problems. If the contractors are only used to new build situations they may not have the experience to manage what comes to light.

Construction is a dangerous working environment

Commenting on the figures, Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) said: “The construction industry provides one of the most exciting working environments in the UK, but also one of the most dangerous.

“A momentary lapse in concentration can be enough to cause a fatal accident even on the best run site.

“More than 93% of the construction industry's 194,000 firms employ fewer than 14 people and one of the biggest challenges that they face is getting to grips with health and safety legislation which provides the framework for onsite safety.”

Surprise safety checks on construction sites

As a response to these worrying figures, the HSE has been running a campaign to clamp-down on unsafe construction sites. Although no figures have been issued for the number of prohibition and improvement notices that they have issued, more than 3,000 sites have been visited so far.

Stay Safe, Stay Away campaign

In addition to the inspections being undertaken by the HSE, the National Federation of Builders is promoting a campaign to warn children of the dangers of building sites, Stay Safe, Stay Away. They are also promoting the message to small businesses of the importance of safety on construction projects.

Making a work accident compensation claim

Clear Answers' specialist work accident compensation lawyers have extensive experience in all types of accident at work compensation claims, including those happening on construction sites.

We have teams of specialist personal injury lawyers waiting to help you should you decide to instruct Clear Answers to represent you in your work accident compensation claim. We will be happy to talk you through the claims process in plain English, provide you with expert compensation claim advice, and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you, or a family member, has been injured in any sort of personal injury accident, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our on-line accident compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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