50% of Construction Accidents are in Refurb Projects

21 September by


The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual construction refurbishment initiative, started on 15 September and the HSE will be targeting construction refurbishment sites as they account for more than half of all the deaths, injuries and cases of ill-health within the construction industry.

Although construction is 5 per cent of Britain’s workforce it accounts for 31per cent of all fatalities, with 42 deaths in 2014/15 and 76,000 cases of reported ill-health. 

HSE Inspectors will be visiting refurbishment sites across the country, between 14 September and 9 October, to challenge the poor standards that are putting the health and safety of workers at risk.

Newman Scott, a national interiors fit-out company, previously prosecuted by the health and safety regulator, is calling on their construction colleagues to act now in improving standards.

John Graham, Newman Scott’s new Joint Managing Director said:

“I would urge everyone in the construction industry to take action now in protecting the health and safety of your workers. Don’t let a prosecution or worse the death or injury of a colleague be the catalyst for change.”

For more information about the HSE annual construction refurbishment initiative visit the HSE website