Accidents on construction sites in the civil engineering sector fell by 8.2% during 2009.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association's Accident Statistics Report 2009 revealed the following findings for last year:
- The incidence rate of all reportable accidents fell from 547 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 502 per 100,000 workers in 2009 (an 8.2% reduction).
- The incidence rate of fatal injuries fell from 4.4 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 1.7 per 100,000 workers in 2009 (a 66% reduction).
- The incidence rate of major injuries fell from 220 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 188 per 100,000 workers in 2009 (a 15% reduction).
- The incidence rate of over 3-day injuries fell from 322 per 100,000 workers in 2008 to 312 per 100,000 workers in 2009 (a 3% reduction).
John Wilson, CECA technical officer, said: “There is a clear downward trend for a number of the categories in our research, including ‘All Accidents’, ‘Over 3 Day Injuries’, ‘Major Injuries’ and ‘Fatalities’ which is good news. It is now crucial for contractors to go beyond these improvements so that safety can be maximised in the workplace.”
Some 67% of the CECA membership responded to the CECA Accident Statistics survey for 2009, covering approximately 120,000 workers.
The CECA Health and Safety Strategy & Action Plan aims for a 10% year on year improvement in safety performance.