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Steel construction posts 25% reduction in accidents

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Statistics for BCSA members in 2011 reveal that the number of reportable accidents recorded under Reportable Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) has been reduced by 25%.

“This is good news for the steel construction industry as this statistic follows on from last year’s (2010) 25% reduction in accidents,” said Pete Walker, BCSA Health, Safety and Training Manager.

“The 25% reduction demonstrates the industry is committed to improving working practices and procedures, some of which are developed with the BCSA health and safety committee to address the current issues and best practice that is based on their shared experiences and intended to help to reduce accidents and injuries.”

Records for 2011 also show there were no fatal injuries, while major injuries were reduced from 18 in 2010 to 15.

Over three day injuries (those that involved a person being absent from work for more than three days) were reduced from 100 reported in 2010 to 75 for 2011. Handling, lifting and carrying as well as slips, trips and falls were the two main categories to report a reduced accident rate.

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