Construction deaths rising during recession

 The HSE has issued several comments recently indicating that client demands and corner cutting has led to an increase in deaths within the construction industry.

HSE fatality figures, due to be released, are expected to reveal that there is an increase in the amount of deaths of people working in construction during 2010-11,based on the previous year.

This increase has been associated with clients demanding more from their contractors. 

Companies are also facing the consequences of pushing construction workers too hard – last month two construction firms in Northern Ireland were fined a total of £61,000 after 150 tonnes of concrete collapsed injuring six workers.

These facts come at a time when the HSE is seeing its budget reduced by 35% –  the number of proactive site inspections the HSE makes is also being cut.

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