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Industrial Injuries: Construction

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-related (a) deaths and (b) injuries occurred in the construction industry in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08. (202309)

Information currently available on work-related deaths and injuries in the construction industry in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 is shown in the following table:

Injuries in construction (SIC 45) 2005-06 to 2006-071 by severity of injury and employment status, as reported under RIDDOR 952 regulations

Severity

Employment Status

2005/06

2006/071

2007/083, 4

Fatal

Employee

43

50

46

Self employed

17

27

11

Member of the public

4

7

3

Total

64

84

60

Major

Employee

3,706

3711

5n/a

Self employed

766

719

5n/a

Total

4,472

4,430

5n/a

Over-3-day

Employee

7,555

7,108

5n/a

Self Employed

829

749

5n/a

Total

8,384

7,857

5n/a

Non-fatal

Member of the public

200

187

5n/a

Total

200

187

n/a (b)

1 Provisional. 2 RIDDOR—Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. 3 1 April to 31 December 2007. 4 2007-08 figures based on the first nine months. These figures are unvalidated at this stage, so final details may change. 5 Unvalidated non-fatal injury figures for 1 April to 31 December 2007 are available on HSE's website. The figures do not include data from all enforcing authorities, so are not comparable with previously-published figures.

Very preliminary indications for 2007-08 are that the number of fatal accidents to workers in the construction industry dropped by around 10 per cent. from the level of 2006-07.