“The UK construction industry has moved forward in leaps and bounds over the past 10-15 years but we are still killing and injuring far too many people,” said John Lacey, past president of the conference hosts, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The number of people killed in the UK construction industry each year has plateaued at around 70, and Mr Lacey said: “We must try to reduce that to at least less than one death per week, although zero is still the ideal but not easily achievable.”

Mr Lacey said the two-day conference, which brought together construction safety professionals from around the world, would look at how a reduction in deaths could be achieved.

  • A family from Bridgend in Wales has been given leave to seek a judicial review of the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to bring manslaughter charges against an employer for the death of their son. Daniel Dennis, 17, died when he fell through a skylight while trying to access timber stored on a roof.