Construction sites are challenged to ​‘think health’

By Esme Saynor

More than two million people are employed in the construction industry, which is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in. There were 39 fatal accidents on construction sites in 2012, and for every fatal accident in the construction industry it is estimated that a worker is around 100 times more likely to die from a disease caused or made worse by their work.

This has led to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighting industrial disease in its industry sector plan for 2014–15 and looking more at the risk of industrial disease in construction workers during inspections and site visits. The latest published figures demonstrate high instances of the repercussions of exposures in the construction sector…

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