31st July 2013
Construction industry fatalities fall 23% in a year
Construction industry firms, professionals and regulatory bodies constantly strive to improve safety for permanent workers and contractors alike, with improved best-practice techniques and more effective safety technologies emerging all the time. These noble efforts are having a tangible positive effect, as figures illustrate a fall in fatalities in the past year.
According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive From April 2011 to March 2012, 48 people suffered fatal injuries on construction sites here in the UK. Over the same period in 2012/13, however, that figure fell to 39.
The Health and Safety Executive figures can be taken to suggest that the UK construction industry is now safer than ever, although we are often reminded that many workplace-related casualties are more incremental, with several ultimately fatal diseases associated with the construction sector, such as silicosis, COPD and other respiratory illnesses.
Construction workers and their managers need to be free to concentrate on their jobs, allowing them to remain compliant with appropriate safety procedures. The ways in which construction software programs open clear channels of communication at all levels of the company can leave individuals free to concentrate on their work without distractions. Typically, it falls to a Principal Contractor to ensure HSE compliance on a site; their task is always that little bit simpler knowing that every contractor has been verified through our software, making it more likely that they have had sufficient HSE training.
Integrity Software’s Managing Director Justin Moule said: ‘It’s really encouraging to see the number of construction industry casualties reduce so dramatically in the space of a year, but there’s still more work to be done.’
‘The current fatality rate in the construction industry is just below 50% of what it was in 2006/2007. We hope this trend continues.’
An inquiry into the payment practices of Britain’s businesses has revealed some unsettling results for the construction sector. Apparently, the construction industry suffers from a higher proportion of late paying clients than any other sector, with committee chairwoman Labour MP Debbie Abrahams accusing the industry of harbouring a ‘culture of late payments.’