Construction work is a hazardous land-based job. Some construction site jobs include: building houses, roads, tree forts, workplaces and repair and maintain infrastructures. This work includes many hazardous task and conditions such as working with height, excavation, noise, dust, power tools and equipment. The most common fatalities are caused by the fatal four: falls, struck by object, electrocutions and caught-in/between.
Construction work has been increasing in developing and undeveloped countries over the past few years. With an increase in this type of work occupational fatalities have increased. Occupational fatalities are individuals that pass way while on the job or performing work related tasks. Within the field of construction it is important to have safe construction sites.
The Importance of Health & Safety In Construction
Health and safety in construction is not a matter to be taken lightly. In fact, health and safety needs to be front of mind in every aspect of construction at all times.The construction industry is prone to many hazards and accident potential. Construction materials, tools, machinery and handling techniques all come with their own dangers. The main types of accidents which cause death or serious injury on construction sites include falls, incidents with site vehicles, collapsing materials and contact with overhead power lines.
Most accidents can be avoided by implementing stringent health and safety protocols and ensuring those protocols are constantly maintained. H&S methods will ensure the construction site has good design, good planning and uses tried and tested safety techniques.
There is simply no excuse for slacking or cutting corners when it comes to health and safety in construction. Poorly implemented health and safety techniques, design and management can result in accidents, illness and even death.