Figures show that almost 200 construction workers have been killed since 2013 – and a massive 26,000 have been injured on site.
The shocking statistics were revealed by the GMB, with the causes of death including falls, electrocution, explosions, drowning and asphyxiation. The injuries include fractures, amputations, serious burns and loss of consciousness.
Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary, said: “No one should go to work not knowing if they are going to make it through the day unharmed – or even alive. Construction work is highly skilled and can be dangerous, but these figures are absolutely unacceptable. Boris Johnson may think health and safety campaigners are the ‘Royal Society for the Extremely Stupid’ – but these are people’s lives we are talking about. That’s why we will be discussing our Building for Britain pledge at GMB’s manufacturing conference today – to tackle these issues and make construction industry and safer, more inclusive place to work.”