There are risks when working in construction, and it is important to know the where they lie.  Based on the HSE’s yearly figures, statistics of injuries and accidents can help to give an idea of the answer.  This blog post will give you an idea of the risk factor in construction accidents.

 

7+ Day Injuries:

The most common causes of 7+ day injuries are:

  • Falls
  • Slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving or falling objects
  • Handling

These accidents tend to happen in construction more than they do in other industries.  However, the risk of injury has been decreasing recently, thanks to products that help with safety management.

 

Major Injuries:

The most common causes of major injuries are:

  • Handling
  • Slips and trips
  • Falls
  • Being struck by falling objects

Major injuries can include things like fractures, serious burns, amputations or loss of consciousness.  However, the average amount of these injuries has gone down over the last few years as more safety strategies are introduced on construction sites.

 

Fatal injuries:

The most common causes of fatal injuries are:

  • Falls
  • Being struck by moving/falling objects
  • Electricity
  • Being hit by a moving vehicle
  • A collapse or overturn

This isn’t a type of injury that can be ignored, but it is important to note that H&S procedures are becoming more stringent.  Construction tends to have one of the highest percentages of fatal injuries per year, and while there is still work to do the average has been decreasing over time.

 

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