Safety in construction - work safe offsite
In its April's Guideline, BRANZ featured safety on site. It is interesting to note the current television advertising that highlights the poor safety record in construction when compared with other countries. Working offsite can reduce the risks and injuries.
Why are the safety advertisements required? On the WorkSafe New Zealand website it says:
- Construction is one of New Zealand’s biggest industries with almost 200,000 workers – but it’s also one of the four sectors with the worst worker injury rates.
- Worker fatalities are more than double the average for all other sectors.
- The cost of workplace injuries is huge – ACC pays more than $100 million per year in the construction sector. And that doesn’t include the cost to businesses in terms of lost productivity.
- Construction workers risk exposure on a daily basis to potential harmful dusts, fumes and asbestos that can lead to serious ill health or even an early death.
Construction industry statistics published by WorkSafe make sobering reading. Since 2008:
- an average of 10 workers have died on site each year
- there have been over 625 serious harm injury notifications every year
- on average each year, more than 26,000 workplace injuries have occurred in construction – more than 3,000 of those were serious, requiring more than a week off work
- airborne substances have caused 185 deaths and 731 hospitalisations
- there have been 3,055 falls from height requiring an average of 236 days off.