Accidents survey also finds fatalities fell by half over the period
The rate of major injuries and fatalities at specialist firms has fallen by half in nine years, according to the 2011/12 accident survey by the National Specialist Contractor’s Council (NSCC).
The major injury rate fell 43% over the period, while the fatality rate fell 50%.
Last year the NSCC fatal injury rate was 1.8 per 100,000 workers, compared with the industry rate of 2.3 per 100,000 workers as reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The NSCC major injury rate was 204.1 per 100,000 workers.
NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said: “Construction is a high risk industry but the success of the Olympic Delivery Authority in delivering the Olympic Park with no fatalities and a below average accident rate proves that, if we make health and safety on site a priority, we can successfully reduce the number of accidents that occur.
“By collating accident information from the specialist sector, NSCC is able to identify trends and tailor the guidance and support available to members to reduce the risk of similar accidents recurring in the future.”
Almost half of all accidents occurring to NSCC Specialist Contractors resulted from either handling, lifting and carrying or slip and trips, which is consistent with all industries in the UK, including construction.
All NSCC member organisations provided information as part of the latest annual survey, which included more than 2,300 businesses.