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