The construction union UCATT has revealed the results of an analysis it has undertaken over the past year, stretching from 2013/14. In those 12 months the construction industry saw the highest number of construction deaths in Yorkshire. The county lost six people through fatal injuries on construction sites. Yorkshire also experienced six construction deaths in the previous 12 months.
The total number of workers killed across the UK in the same time period amounted to 42. This was an increase over the previous year, when 39 people lost their lives. There was also an increase in the percentage of fatalities seen in the industry. This metric accounts for the total number of deaths in the workplace in a single year. In the 12 months stretching from 2012/13, 26% of workplace deaths were attributed to the construction industry. This rose to 32% in the following year.
The type of fatal injuries sustained varies, but falls from heights has remained as the most prevalent reason for death to occur. Deaths also are most common in the age group of 45-54. These sobering figures do not reveal names but they indicate how dangerous the industry can be.
Could you be entitled to compensation for a construction-related injury?
Every year there are people who suffer injuries on construction sites. These can range from fairly minor to very severe. Sometimes lives are changed – and never for the better. Every employer has a firm duty of care and a responsibility to ensure the workplace is safe and can pass all necessary safety checks. Construction deaths are typically caused when these safety measures are not taken in the proper manner. You should consider seeking professional advice if you or a loved one has been seriously injured on a construction site.
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Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown