Construction deaths increased by 140% in a year

Construction deaths increased by 140% in a year when 46 people died in workplace incidents.

  • Construction workplace deaths have more than doubled in the last year from five to 12 in 2019
  • Falls from heights are the leading cause of construction worker deaths
  • Fatalities are more common in smaller construction companies with fewer than 10 employees
  • Agriculture remains the most dangerous sector in which to work with 18 deaths, and older farmers are most at risk
  • Vehicles, falls from heights, drowning, and getting trapped or crushed, were the main cause of fatal injuries
  • Wexford had the highest number of fatalities with seven deaths in 2019
  • Cavan, Longford, Leitrim, Laois, Meath, Offaly, Sligo and Westmeath had no workplace deaths
  • April was the most dangerous month with six deaths, while November had no fatalities reported

Construction fatalities have more than doubled in the last year, it has emerged, as the latest figures released by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) show there were 46 deaths in the workplace in 2019.

Provisional data today (Friday, January 10) show an 18% rise from the previous year when 39 people died.

Chief Executive Officer of the HSA, Dr Sharon McGuinness, expressed concern that construction deaths had increased from five in 2018 to 12 in 2019, with 75% of all fatal injuries taking place in the last six months.