The HSE has recently released its latest health and safety statistics for the construction industry, which show there is still a lot of progress to be made by the industry as a whole to ensure we are protecting our workers from injury and work-related ill-health.
Some of the headlines:
There were an estimated 82,000 work-related ill health cases (new or long- standing), of which:
- 62% were musculoskeletal disorders
- 25% were stress, depression or anxiety.
Cases of musculoskeletal disorders account for a higher proportion of ill health cases in construction than in all industries (44%).
Approximately 3,000 construction workers suffer with breathing and lung problems associated with their work.
Other conditions affecting construction workers include HAVs (hand arm vibration syndrome), contact dermatitis and noise-induced hearing loss.
The economic cost of new cases of work-related ill-health is estimated at £571 million.
There were 38 fatal injuries to workers and six to members of the public in 2017/18 - 47% of the worker fatalities were due to falls from height.
The fatal injury rate remains high at 4 times the all industries rate.
In 2017/18 there were an estimated 58,000 work-related cases of injury, which equates to 2.6% of workers - this is 50% above the all industries rate.
The estimated economic cost of injuries is £490 million.