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The construction industry is often heralded as one of the most dangerous, however, health & safety statistics continue to show a fall in the number of accidents for this sector. This is supported by a recent survey released by the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC). Their 2011/12 Accident Survey indicates that the fatality rate for NSCC members has fallen by 50%, the rate of major injuries by 43% and the rate of RIDDOR reportable injuries by 60% since the NSCC originally began collating accident information around nine years ago. The NSCC brings together specialist trade organisations in the UK such as ductwork, fire protection and painting and decorating contractors.

The information used to produce the NSCC’s survey results came from more than 2,300 businesses. Their Chief Executive, Suzannah Nichol MBE commented on the importance of the survey: “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.”

In line with the position across all industries, the survey showed that around half of all accidents are caused by manual handling or slips and trips – areas where, through good practice, it should be relatively easy to bring the number of injuries down even further.

Grant Strathdee is a Solicitor in Brodies’ Construction & Engineering Team.

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