Download your free guide – Back to Basics: How to effectively manage ill health risks in the construction industry

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Construction is a high-risk industry for health issues including lung disease, cancer, hearing damage and the effects of exposure to excessive vibration. Every year, an increasing amount of working days are lost due to work-related illness in comparison to injuries. Serious work-related ill health is still on the rise and continues to affect construction workers.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has outlined an increasing focus on ensuring that organisations operating in the construction industry are protecting their workforce. The introduction of the HSE’s industry specific campaigns, such as ‘Tackling ill health’, ‘Managing risk well’ and ‘Acting together’, align to their overall strategy for encouraging improvement to construction workers’ health.

The delivery of the overarching ‘Help Great Britain work well’ campaign has seen a rise in initiatives such as unannounced construction site inspections from the HSE. The latest of which focused on construction dusts, specifically silica and wood dusts, and the control measures in place to manage the health risks that arise from these dusts.

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To be compliant with legislation, you need to be sure that you are doing all you can to protect your workforce and reduce the burden of occupational disease. There is a high incidence of respiratory problems among construction workers, with the main cause being exposure to construction dusts. Other common construction related health includes hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) caused by vibrations from power tools, back and muscle pain caused by shocks and jolts from heavy machinery, and hearing loss caused by loud, repetitive and excessive noise.

Download your free guide and explore key construction health risks in more detail and find out why they are so significant and learn how you can manage them. Access expert, practical advice on how to control the risks of exposure to common construction hazards.

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