Construction intelligence report

Construction has one of the highest accident rates of all industries in the UK
and in other parts of the world. However, whilst we have reliable information
on fatal injuries, non-fatal reports are subject to significant
under-reporting, which is currently around 70% for all construction workers, ie
around 30% reported. This implies that there are in fact a lot more reportable
construction accidents each year. Reporting levels for employees are about 50%
but levels are very low for the self-employed at around 5%. Consequently,
British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statisticians quote numbers for
self-employed injuries, but derive rates for major and over-3-day (O3D)
injuries for employees. All these figures for under-reporting are estimates,
and are based on a sample of around 7000 construction workers who are
interviewed each year as part of the Office of National Statistics' Labour
Force Surveys (LFS).

The issue is further complicated in construction by the nature of
self-employment. Research by UMIST suggests that only 10-20% of the 700,000
self-employed quoted in official figures (out of a total workforce in excess of
2m) actually work on their own. This ties in with the 70,000 single-person
contractors recognised in DTI statistics.

Anyone who wants to acquire a knowledge of what can and does go wrong during
and after construction projects can study the latest Construction intelligence

The report offers:

  • background data on the construction industry;
  • analysis of statistics;
  • research and information from other sources on construction injuries and ill
    health; and
  • fatal accident pen-pictures/analysis of construction fatal accidents over the
    8-year period 1997/98 to 2004/05.

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    AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive