Specialist contractor injuries fall to record low
Edited by Andy Jowett.
Job-related injury and fatality rates for specialist contractors fell to the lowest level on record in 2009-10, according to a new report.
Figures covering 157,000 members of the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) show the rate of deaths for this group stood at 0.6 per 100,000 workers during the year.
This is below the wider industry rate of two fatalities per 100,000 workers recorded by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), it added.
Meanwhile, the work-related injury rate for NSCC operatives was 163.5 per 100,000 workers.
This compared with the HSE's injury rate for the construction sector as a whole of 230 cases per 100,000 workers.
The NSCC said the latest fatality and injury rates were the lowest it has seen since it started compiling safety statistics in 2003-04.
According to HSE figures, deaths in the building industry fell by 21 per cent in 2009-10 to 41 cases.