Heights Still Causing High Accident Numbers in the Construction Industry Triggering a Clampdown by the HSE

The Health & Safety Executive clampdown on construction site safety is now underway after recent statistics have shown that injury and death rates are still high in the UK industry.

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We’ve seen many injuries as a result of workers falling from heights. It’s evident that in most cases, these occur due to poor working conditions and lack of training.

(PRWeb UK) March 2, 2011

The HSE clampdown on construction site safety is now underway after recent statistics have shown that injury and death rates are still high in the UK industry.

In the South West, there were 171 less injuries and five less deaths last year compared with the previous year. The drop in construction accidents and fatalities from 2008/09 to 2009/10 is encouraging and suggests that the initiative is helping to reduce injuries and save lives.

However, although this is the fifth year that the HSE have carried out this initiative, there still seems to be a need for the inspections this year as high numbers of enforcement notices were handed out in 2010 and there were still 2,304 serious workplace injuries and 17 deaths in the South West in 2009/10.

The HSE explained that the inspection initiative in the South West last year “resulted in 58 site visits and 31 improvement notices being served.” According to the HSE, nearly three quarters of construction deaths in the UK occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities.

Michael Jefferies, of accident claims firm, First Personal Injury, fully supports the initiative as he has seen a high number of claims originate from construction sites.

“Construction accidents are far too common and can more than often be avoided by following the necessary safety guidelines. Although a lot of businesses do follow the rules, there are still some out there who could improve their training or equipment to ensure the safety of their workers, which is why I feel the HSE are doing a great job in clamping down on these issues.”

The HSE explained that in the East Midlands last year, “Inspectors visited 145 sites and were forced to issue more than 45 enforcement notices requiring contractors to either change the way they were working or immediately stop dangerous work”. Interestingly, the majority of these cases were related to working from heights, which continues to be an area experiencing high accident rates.

Jefferies added, “We’ve seen many injuries as a result of workers falling from heights, particularly from scaffolding. From the enquiries we receive, it’s evident that in most cases, these occur due to poor working conditions and lack of training.”

About First Personal Injury
First Personal Injury is a trading name of Jefferies LLP one of the UK's leading personal injury law firms. Jefferies LLP has over 16 years experience in personal injury accident claims. They have won justice and personal injury compensation for tens of thousands of people all over the country from its base in Altrincham, South Manchester. The firm deals with all levels of personal injury claims - from minor to catastrophic.

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