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In 2018, fatal accidents rose sharply in the construction sector


Why is the construction industry four times more dangerous than the national average for other industries?

The Health and Safety Executive annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18, and construction sector fatal accidents rise sharply. The HSE revealed that 144 workers were fatally injured between April 2017 and March 2018 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers). This provisional annual data represents an increase of nine fatalities from 2016/17.

The construction industry is four times more dangerous than the national average for other industries

Accounting for the largest share of any industry, 38 construction workers sustained fatal injuries in 2017/18, an increase of 27% compared to the lowest number on record (30) for worker deaths in 2016/17.

The rate of fatal injury in construction is now at 1.64 per 100,000 workers employed. This is around four times as high as the average rate across industries but considerably less than the rate in either Agriculture (18 times as high) or Waste and recycling (16 times as high). It should be noted however that the number of fatal injuries in the construction sector has fluctuated in recent years. Some 47 people were killed in 2015/16 compared with the previous year’s total of 35.

Fatal accident risk factors

The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be down to: workers falling from height (35), being struck by a moving vehicle (26) and being struck by a moving object (23), accounting for nearly 60 per cent of fatal injuries in 2017/18.

40% of the fatal injuries in 2017/18 were to workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers made up only around 10% of the workforce.

Health & Safety in Construction Qualifications and Courses

There are various courses RISK are able to provide to individuals and businesses to ensure those working under your instruction are operating safely.

NEBOSH Construction Certificate

Ideal foundation training – this is for individuals looking to develop a broad understanding of the management of health and safety risks, within construction. It enables the management of building and construction site health and safety risks effectively.

NEBOSH Construction Certificate Courses Liverpool

NEBOSH Construction Certificate Courses London

NEBOSH Construction Certificate Courses Nottingham

NEBOSH Training Courses In Company

IOSH Managing Safely in Construction

Provides construction managers and supervisors with practical health and safety knowledge.  Enables them to handle actions they need to take in relation to employees and contractors in a construction environment.

IOSH Managing Safely in Construction Courses London

IOSH Managing Safely in Construction Courses Nottingham

IOSH Managing Safely in Construction Courses In Company

The SMSTS course or CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme

If you are involved in the management or planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering construction safety - you can only work on a site if you are SMSTS certificated

SMSTS Courses London

SMSTS Courses Nottingham

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The SSSTS course or CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme

The SSSTS course is part of the CITB Site Safety Plus Scheme and is the industry recognised standard qualification to equip first line managers/supervisor’s, or those seeking to become a manager/supervisor with an introductory level of health and safety.

SSSTS Courses London

SSSTS Courses Nottingham

SSSTS Training Courses In Company

Access the full HSE Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain 2018 Annual Statistics PDF

Download the Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain 2018 Annual Statistics here


This report provides headline numbers on workplace fatal injuries that were reported to enforcing authorities in 2017/18. It includes both fatal injuries to workers and to members of the public. The 2017/18 figures are currently provisional, and marked as ‘p’ and will be finalised in July 2019 to take account of any necessary adjustments.

Fatal injuries are thankfully rare events. There is a degree of chance and randomness to the annual count,

resulting in an element of natural variation from one year’s count to the next. To allow for this natural variation, alongside figures for 2017/18, this report also presents the annual average estimate for the five years 2013/14 - 2017/18, which reduces the effect of year on year fluctuations and gives a more stable current picture.

The figures make up part of a long running series enabling both short and long term comparisons of change.  The information includes only those cases of fatal injury that the enforcing authorities have judged as meeting the reporting criteria as set out in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences  Regulations (RIDDOR). Two notable exclusions from these statistics are fatal diseases and fatal accidents on non - rail transport systems.