Three killed in work accidents

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Three men from South Yorkshire have died in construction accidents in the past year, new figures have revealed.

One man from Sheffield and two men from Rotherham were killed during 2013/14.

Construction union UCATT said Yorkshire had the highest number of construction deaths in the entire country last year with six.

Details released by the Health and Safety Executive reveal a 60-year-old man from Sheffield died in April 2013 after being struck by a moving vehicle.

The man, a member of the public, was involved in the collection of non-hazardous waste when the accident happened.

The HSE figures also reveal a 60-year-old construction worker, from Rotherham, died in September 2013 after a machinery accident, while a self-employed 51-year-old Rotherham man died in January this year after a fall from height while working on a joinery installation job.

Analysis of the statistics by UCATT showed a total of 42 people died in construction-related incidents in 2013/14 – slightly up on 39 deaths recorded across the industry in 2012/13.

Construction is the most dangerous industry in the UK, accounting for almost one-third of all workplace deaths last year.

Rob Morris, regional secretary for UCATT Yorkshire, said: “These figures are of great concern – construction deaths in Yorkshire have been consistently high.

“Each of these deaths is an individual tragedy.

“It is essential that the construction industry as a whole needs to be working far harder to reduce deaths and injuries.

“The high number of deaths in Yorkshire has been at a time when the industry hadn’t recovered or was only just starting to recover from the recession.

“As the industry gets busier there is a very genuine concern that workplace deaths could increase further.”

Nationally, the most common type of fatal accidents were falls from heights, which accounted for 21 deaths – half of all fatal accidents.