In the biggest NSCC Accident Survey yet, covering more than 157,000 operatives, the NSCC fatal injury rate was 0.6 per 100,000 workers compared with the industry rate reported by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of 2.2 per 100,000 workers.
The NSCC major injury rate was 163.5 per 100,000 workers, which is significantly lower than the rate of 230.0 per 100,000 workers recorded by the industry as a whole.
All NSCC injury rates have fallen to their lowest levels since NSCC started collecting accident information in 2003/04. The NSCC major injury rate was down 47% compared with last year and the “over 3-day” injury rate fell 30% to 524.9 per 100,000 workers.
More than half of all accidents occurring to specialist contractors resulted from either handling, lifting and carrying or slip and trips, which is consistent with all industries in the UK and the construction sector as a whole.
NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol said: “NSCC is committed to reducing accidents within the construction industry and these results from almost 3,000 Specialist Contractors demonstrate the attention paid to managing health and safety and protecting the workforce. The collation of accident information is a requirement of NSCC membership and we will continue to work with all of our member organisations in 2010/11 to improve on the success of this year’s survey and show that NSCC Specialist Contractors have a better safety record than non-members.”