Why is Construction Health & Safety Training Needed?
Construction workplace safety is an integral part of the Construction Health & Safety Training which has to be supplied to protect the safety of employees and to ensure a safe environment. There are many benefits in every type of workplace with proper training on how to protect yourself and others. Safety training at work covers the arrangements you should make to prevent injuries to make sure a person isn’t putting themselves or others at risk, and it can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones. The Health and Safety Regulations Act of 1981 requires an employer to provide adequate and appropriate construction training and other appropriate facilities and people with first-aid training so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
Although there have been significant reductions in the number and rate of injury over the last 20 years or more. Construction still remains a high risk industry. Although it accounts for only about 5% of the employees in Britain, it still accounts for 27% of fatal injuries to employees and 9% of all reported major injuries. It’s undeniable that due to the nature of the arduous labour involved you are more prone to accidents or injuries, so proper knowledge on construction workplace safety is a crucial necessity.
What is the effect on the workforce?
There were 50 fatal injuries to workers in Construction in 2010/11, 18 of these fatalities were to the self-employed. This compares with an average of 61 over the previous 5 years – including an average of 19 to the self-employed. The rate of fatal injury per 100 000 construction workers was 2.3 in 2010/11 compared with a 5 year average of 2.5. In 2010/11, 29% of all fatal injuries to workers were in Construction and it accounts for the greatest number of fatal injuries of the industry sections. The general trend in the number and rate of fatal injury from 2004/05 to 2010/11 is downwards, but it has been fairly static over the past 3 years. And while there is a slow decline there are still far too many occupational hazards which occur and could be prevented with a more serious stance.
The LFS (Labour Force Statistics) also indicates that in 2010/11 the estimated total number of days lost (full-day equivalent) due to workplace injury attributed to the current or most recent job was about 525 000, equating to approximately a quarter of a day per worker. This equates to losing a quarter of the labour force and subsequently reduces the net profit.
The most common kinds of reported injuries to employees in all industries occur as a result of manual handling (31%), or slips and trips (27%). These also represent the most common kinds of reported injury within Construction. In 2010/11, handling accounted for 28% of all reported injuries to employees, slips and trips accounted for 23%. Construction accounted for 26% (247 cases) of all reported injuries to employees involving high falls, 29% of collapses (32), 25% (3) of drowning/asphyxiation, 16% (70) involving electricity and 16% (10) explosions. Taking all kinds of falls together it accounted for 12% (1,209) of all reported injuries from falls.
How does it affect others?
It’s also important to remember that the actions of an improperly trained workforce affect the members of the public and puts them at a risk also, and if they were to suffer an injury or fatality then the repercussions would be devastating.
There were two fatal injuries to members of the public in 2010/11 compared to an average of five a year over the previous five years. One of these fatalities was to someone aged 16 or under.
The number of fatalities has fallen fairly steadily over the past five years but, statistically speaking, the numbers are small and considerable year-on-year variation can be expected. Just over a quarter (27%) of fatal injuries to the public over the last five years were due to falls. Slips/trips and moving vehicles accounted for 18 and 14% respectively.
Health & Safety Training Reduces Accidents & Injuries in the Construction Workplace
The above statistics and figures show a general decrease in the amount of accidents and fatalities however the figures are still too high. The proposition is in order to make sure the work force isn’t a risk to them or to members of the public that proper construction site training is necessary and absolutely vital as it benefits everyone and can and will reduce any fatalities or injuries. The statistics shown above outline the importance for employers to properly manage and educate their workforce on how to properly avoid dangerous circumstances.
All Statistics were taken from http://www.hse.gov.uk.