Even as building activity picked up, the number of workers losing their lives on construction sites throughout Australia plummeted by almost half last year and came in at its lowest level in 11 years of record, new statistics say.

Releasing its Work-Related Traumatic Fatalities, Australia 2014 report last week, Safe Work Australia says the number of fatalities recorded on building sites dropped from 30 in 2012 to just 19 in 2013 – the lowest level on record since the agency’s records began in 2003 and just under half the previous…