HSE Statistics 2019/2020

Latest statistics shows increase in construction deaths in 2019/2020.

The latest statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive shows that the construction industries account for 40 of the total workplace related fatal injuries during 2019/2020.

In Britain 111 work related deaths were recorded during the 2019/2020 period showing that the construction industry is responsible for the largest part of those deaths.
Of the 111 fatalities 29 deaths were as a result from falls from height which is a decrease from the previous 40 deaths in the previous year. However, falls from height accounts for around a quarter of all worker deaths.
The 40 construction industry deaths are an increase above the low 31 deaths in the previous year. However, these annual figures have fluctuated in recent years. Over the past 5 years numbers have ranged between 31 and 47 deaths, with a 5-year average of 37 deaths per year.

The fatal injury rate in construction is 1.64 per 100,000 workers which is almost four
times higher than the average rate across all industries of 0.42 per 100,000.

Accident statistics

  • 111 workers killed 2019/2020
  • 147 workers killed 2018/2019
  • 92 members of the public killed due to work related activities

The figures shared by the HSE act to remind of the dangers involved when working at height, and that there are still areas to improve upon when assessing work related risks.