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For more information on Construction click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

Construction is one of Britain's biggest industries and one of its most dangerous.

In the last 25 years, 2,800 people have been killed on construction sites or as a result of construction activities. Many more have been injured or made ill. Each year it tops the work fatalities list, accounting for over a quarter of all workplace deaths. Annually, as many as 4,000 building workers may die from industrial disease and thousands are injured as a result of construction work.

Hazards faced by construction workers include: Asbestos; musculo-skeletal disorders; falls; slips and tips; noise. Diseases they face include: Dermatitis; asthma, and emphysema. Often work is sub-contracted, causing uncertainty as to who is responsible for safety. New legislation now insists that everyone has duties and responsibilities regarding health and safety, from the worker to each contractor, to the architect up to the top boss.

Specific pieces of legislation apply to the construction industry: The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 (CHSW) and The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 (CDM).

Links:

HSE Construction pages http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/index.htm

Free HSE publications on construction http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/conindex.htm

Construction Safety Campaign: Contact Tony O'Brien, Secretary CSC. Email: construction.safetycampaign@canhe.fsnet.co.uk
Tel: 077 477 95954

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

HSE dismay as most sites fail safety test
13 out of 15 Merseyside construction sites visited in a Health and Safety Executive inspection blitz were issued with enforcement notices for breaches of safety law.
PDF version available for download
20 June 2008

Gangmaster watchdog wants wider role
The leader of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) and the report of a TUC-convened Commission have both called for all sectors of the economy to be protected from gangmaster exploitation.
PDF version available for download
9 May 2008

Casualisation 'is killing construction workers'
Construction union UCATT has warned that increasing casualisation in the industry is killing site workers.
PDF version available for download
14 March 2008

Refurb sector 'unacceptable' on safety
Around 300 sites were shut down during a Health and Safety Executive February blitz on over 1,000 refurbishment sites around Great Britain.
PDF version available for download
7 March 2008

Family dismay at teen's work death fines
Safety campaigners and the family of a teenage construction worker killed as a result of the negligence of three site firms have expressed dismay at the size of the penalties imposed by a court last week.
PDF version available for download
15 February 2008

New construction site health tool
In a bid to help the construction industry tackle occupational health issues, the Health and Safety Executive has launched a new online resource, Construction Occupational Health Management Essentials (COHME).
PDF version available for download
8 February 2008

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