As with any job that requires physical labor and heavy machinery, the construction industry carries certain safety risks. Construction worksites are complex due to the type of work processes, the technology used, the interaction between workers and equipment, and the varying degrees of safety awareness and training of workers.
In recent years, more regulations have been put in place to ensure the safety of construction workers. The adoption of best practices in the industry is showing results. Health Safety Authority data shows a 40% drop in the number of accidents in construction in 2019. Here are some ways in which companies are working on improving health and safety.
Training and Education
Workers are being trained in the safest way to work and on the latest rules and regulations. Construction workers are better able to hold their employers responsible if they violate any safety codes.
Focusing on employee behavior is a critical element in achieving better safety as this has been found to be one of the main reasons for accidents.