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Research uncovers construction health risk

NCE stock health and safety

Unsafe working conditions on Britain’s construction sites are putting builders’ health at risk, according to a report published this month by personal injury solicitors Hayward Baker.

Researchers carried out a study into the conditions of Britain’s workplaces and discovered that 87% of construction workers claim their building site is a health and safety hazard.

Almost half of the builders and construction workers surveyed (48%) said they had suffered from an injury at work, with almost a third (30%) having been to hospital due to a work-related illness or injury.

Over half (54%) of the builders and construction workers polled have regularly complained to their bosses about the poor safety of the construction site where they work, and a further 27% said their foreman did nothing to rectify the situation.

According to the study, reasons for onsite injuries include slips and trips (19%), obstructions (15%), working at height (11%) and falling objects (9%).

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