Property developers need to cut the number of serious and fatal accidents


In 07/08, 38 people died in construction refurbishment, repair and maintenance projects.

On 23 February 2009 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched their campaign to improve health and safety awareness for those in the business of developing property.

It has come to light that a lot of people in the business of property development were unaware of their legal responsibilities under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007).

Robert Parkes, of HSE's National Construction Division said: "Whether you think of yourself as a property investor, developer or renovator, everyone has a role to play in helping to reduce the number of serious and sometime fatal incidents."

HSE statistics for the repair, refurbishment and maintenance sector were startling eg:

  • between 1999 and 2007 – 340 people died
  • 2007/08 alone, the sector was responsible for 52% of construction fatalities with the most common causes being falls from height and electrocution

Many of the incidents could have been prevented if just the simplest of solutions had been applied eg:

  • a worker was badly injured when he fell 4 metres has the company had failed to support or protect anyone from falling form the landing area and the wooden handrail had not been sufficiently secured
  • a worker died after falling 7 metres from a tower scaffold as it was not the right equipment for the work her was undertaking and was also incorrectly assembled.

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