Fatalities in the construction industry fell from 69 to 59 in 2005/2006 according to a new report

The number of people killed while working in the construction industry fell to its lowest ever rate in 2005/2006.

Figures released today by the Health and Safety Executive reveal the number of fatal injuries in the industry fell by 14% from 2004/2005 - from 69 deaths to 59.

Of those 59 deaths eight occurred in the construction of commercial buildings; eight were in the construction of domestic buildings; eight were in the construction of highways, roads, airfields and sports facilities; eight were in other construction work involving special trades and seven were in the installation of electrical wiring and fitting.

The rate of fatal injuries to workers has also hit an all-time low. In 2005/2006 there were 2.95 deaths per hundred thousand workers. This is half the level it was – 5.91 – in 2000/2001.

In 2005/2006, 28% of all worker fatalities occurred in the construction industry, compared to 31% last year.

Overall, the number of general worker fatalities was also the lowest on record, falling by 5% from last year. Two hundred and twelve workers were fatally injured in 2005/2006 compared to 223 in 2004/2005.