The construction environment can present risks to workers. The reasons for this are diverse – from working with generators, power tools, machinery and electrical wiring to dust inhalation of all kinds, to working at higher altitudes or failure to use appropriate protective gear.
Although significant effort is invested in health and safety, there are a number of contributing factors to accidents. Faulty equipment, human error, poor organizational structures and a dangerous work environment are reasons that serious accidents are disproportionately high in the construction sector.
With the construction industry being at the forefront of industrial accidents, it becomes obvious that ongoing investment in occupational health and safety (OHS) makes sense on several levels.