Complacency Breeds Accidents Warns SSG

Complacency Breeds Accidents Warns SSG

  • Date: Monday 8th November 2010

According to the latest figures issued by the Health and Safety Executive, annual fatalities in the construction industry have dropped again in 2009 - 2010 to 42 workplace deaths. Although these numbers are still tragically too high, it is a 60% reduction since the recent record high of 105 construction deaths in 2001. The new figures have led to many positive comments throughout the industry.

However, the week commencing Monday 18th October began with the unfortunate death of a 23 year old in a collapsed drainage trench, followed by a man struck by plant on the M5, a double fatality beneath a collapsed wall and a man crushed under a lorry load of bricks. The grim week closed on Saturday the 23rd of October with a fatal fall from a scaffold. Six construction fatalities in six tragic days.

Dr. Michael Cash, Director at SSG Training and Consultancy says; ‘There is no room for complacency where safety is concerned. Safety management is about consistency, keeping an eye keenly on the ball and not resting on the laurels of falling statistics. As the construction industry continues to recover from recession sensible, practical management of workplace risk is imperative. Experience has shown that the accident numbers can increase during upturns as businesses grow again; there is no room for complacency whatever last years statistics show.’

SSG, a local health and safety training and consultancy firm are committed to the support of construction safety and raising awareness in the industry. These fatalities, all of which were preventable, should make every company look closely at how they are preventing accidents and ask themselves the question – ‘are we doing enough?’.

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