Huge increase in construction worker falls from heights
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Development
The last three months have seen a 140% rise in the amount of construction workers falling from heights, research has found.
Falls from heights now make up 23% of all accidents, according to the Building Safety Group (BSG) which administers health and safety at 2,200 construction sites and more than 1,000 other places of work.
Though falls from heights saw a dramatic increase, the total amount of accidents dropped by 21% compared to the previous quarter, from 226 to 177.
Despite the increase in falls, the BSG has revealed that there have been no fatalities recorded this year at any of the 3,200 sites that it advises, and only 20 accidents which resulted in work absences of three days or more.
The BSG records that the year's most common injuries were inflicted on construction workers whilst handling, lifting or carrying, making up 25% of all accidents.
Paul Kimpton, managing director of the BSG, said: “It is really good news that the number of accidents over all has decreased in the last three months, but 177 is still a very large number of people hurt and it is therefore essential that companies of every size adhere to health and safety measures.
“The increase in the number of people who fell from a height is quite alarming, especially as there is no reason for this type of accident if proper safety precautions are taken. If companies are not sure exactly what measures should be taken there is help there available for them. A whole year’s membership of the Building Safety Group is likely to be less than the Fee for Intervention that will now be charged by the HSE if something were to go badly wrong on a site.”