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Jun 09

Trade injuries remain at historic low

Trade injuries remain at historic low

A report by the Health and Safety Executive reveals that the rate of fatal injuries among tradesmen has reduced by more than half over the last two decades.

Every trade has its risks, and suspended ceilings installation is no different. When you’re working at height, with electricity, power tools or in hot, dusty conditions, the potential for a slip, cut, fall or occasional electrocution is always greater than it would be if we sat at desks for a living.

So it’s heartening to learn that over the past 20 years, fitting suspended ceilings – and working in all trades - has become safer.

The HSE has published provisional figures for 2014/15 which show the number of workers fatally injured in 2014/15 as 142, a rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers.
That’s a dramatic reduction from the 20 year peak, which in 1996/7 stood at 1.1 deaths per 100,000 workers, although it represents a slight increase on the 2013/14 tally. Figures combine the self-employed and employees.

The data also shows that around 629,000 workers were involved in accidents during 2013/14, with the majority of major injuries being slips, trips and falls.

It’s clearly good news if you’re working with suspended ceilings or in some other trade, although there’s clearly no room for complacency.

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