More than a quarter of workplace fatalities happened in the construction sector between 2013 and 2014, making it the UK’s most dangerous sector to work in. 31.5% of fatal injuries occurred within the construction sector, which is the highest number of all the industrial sectors. Agriculture had the second highest fatalities accounting for 20.3% whilst waste and recycling accounted for 3%.
New data released in July 2015 by European Survey of the Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks indicates that construction companies could be investing more money into health and safety measures. Of those fatally injured in the construction sector 45% were killed by a fall, which means the sector is responsible for almost half of all the UK’s fatal falls.
The European survey also noted that the construction sector in the UK has a below average number of companies with a dedicated budget for health and safety measures.