The report published by the Health and Safety Executive, covering the period from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023, found that there had been a worrying spike in construction industry deaths, which rose from four to 51 during the past year. 

Ruth Wilkinson, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Ruth Wilkinson said: “This is a huge concern, and we need to see action taken to tackle this. Whichever party forms the new government must seek to protect and enhance health and safety standards, particularly across high-risk industries like construction.”

Ruth Wilkinson’s call for a renewed effort to improve health and safety standards is echoed by Thompsons Solicitors, which has a long-standing commitment to advocating for the rights and safety of workers, particularly in high-risk industries such as construction.

Phillip Liptrot, head of personal injury at Thompsons, said: “The recent rise in workplace fatalities, particularly among older male workers, highlights a critical failure to learn from past incidents and implement effective safety measures. We believe every worker has the right to a safe and healthy working environment, free from the fear of injury or death.

“As these recent statistics show, much more needs to be done. We remain steadfast in our commitment to advocating for workers' rights and ensuring that employers are held to the highest safety standards.” 

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