Over 100 family and friends of two men who were killed after a crane fell in Battersea protested as part of Workers’ Memorial Day last Saturday.
Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke were both killed on 26 September last year.
Cloke was inside the cab of the crane and Alexa was struck when the crane collapsed.
There were protests and rallies around the country as construction workers and their families campaigned for safety at work.
As the protests took place, new figures revealed that the number of companies convicted of offences following the deaths of construction workers has fallen sharply.
Yet the number of workers killed in construction accidents last year rose by 25 percent.
The report by building workers’ union Ucatt shows prosecutions for deaths fell from 42 percent to 11 percent between 1998 and 2004.
It often takes more than three years following the death of a construction worker before a company is brought to trial and convicted.
The report states that 504 construction workers died over a six year period to 2004.
In the last three years the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stopped acting on “adverse insurance reports”.
These are when an engineer carrying out equipment inspections for an insurer finds something wrong and passes the information to the HSE.
New Labour is forcing the HSE to cut up to 300 jobs by 2008.