Rates of Construction Deaths Double in Yorkshire

Rates of Construction Deaths Double in Yorkshire

The number of construction deaths in Yorkshire over the last year has doubled according to an investigation by the union UCATT.
In 2012/13 there were 6 deaths as a result of construction in Yorkshire compared to only three in 2011/12.
Of those figures 2 people died in Leeds and another 2 died in Wakefield.
The number of UK construction deaths reduced last year 49 deaths were recorded in 2011/12 and this fell to 39 in 2012/13.
The most common type of construction deaths recorded 2012/13 were falls from heights which accounted for 60% of the deaths recorded.
Head of the employers liability team Michael Long at Michael Lewin Solicitors said:
“It is somewhat worrying that the rate of deaths has increased in Yorkshire which shows that in 2012/13 the county accounted for 15% of UK construction deaths. Furthermore the increase goes against the trend of the rest of the UK which demonstrated an overall reduction on the previous year. Construction is a dangerous industry and employers owe a duty to all their employees to ensure that safety standards are the highest possible to prevent such events occurring.”
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