HSE release figures of increased fatality for construction workers
HSE have released the latest figures to show a 23% increase in fatality for construction workers within the workplace. More workers are killed in construction compared to any other industry in the UK. HSE also released the latest available figures on deaths from asbestos-related cancer. Mesothelioma, an asbestos related disease killed 2,515 in Great Britain in 2014 compared to 2,556 in 2013.
Construction union UCATT criticise the timing of the release of the HSE statistics. Acting general secretary Brian Rye said: “This is clearly a case of burying bad news. At a time when we have huge amounts of political turmoil and the Chilcot Report finally being published, the HSE decided to publish the latest fatality figures. They have effectively brushed them under the carpet. They could and should have waited just a single day.”
The number of asbestos related fatalities in the UK is still very high. This is caused by the lack of awareness of asbestos and the dangers it brings. The HSE announcing the statistics through a time of huge political turmoil makes no difference to whether it is announced another day. The statistics show that the awareness of asbestos is still not enough throughout the UK to stop workers being put at risk.
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