The construction industry's appalling safety record will be studied over the next year to improve standards and eliminate deaths. While industry deaths have fallen markedly since 1998, there still are more accidents at city building sites than in any other developed Asian city or nation. There were 59.9 accidents for every 1,000 construction workers in Hong Kong last year, compared with 12.3 accidents for every 1,000 workers in Taiwan, which held the second-highest ranking, according to figures collected by the University of Hong Kong. The Construction Industry Institute Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Construction Association are funding a 12-month review by the university's real estate and construction department. The study will determine whether the HK$1 billion-plus that is spent for safety each year is going to the correct areas, and will recommend a strategy to eliminate deaths at construction sites. Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the construction industry remained the biggest contributor to workplace deaths. Last year, 29 people were killed on the job; 25 in construction. 'Efforts must be made to improve the safety of this important industry,' Mr Cheung said. Some industry observers blame the accident rate on inadequate training for workers and low spending on safety by construction firms.