There are many inherent dangers when working in construction, and this is why Health & Safety is so important in this industry.

You could say that there are risks associated with any job, but there are far more dangerous risks in construction that can endanger life and limb. Without proper risk management and staff training, problems can quickly arise.

Common Health & Safety risks in construction

There are many construction workers that have jobs involving working at height, operating heavy machinery, lifting and handling heavy building materials, and moving heavy loads around a building site full of people.

Construction workers are at risk of injury or death by being struck by moving objects, falling from heights onto hard ground, and being crushed by falling building materials or from heavy machinery.

Apart from the most apparent risks mentioned above, the health of construction workers is also put at risk from inhaling dust, loss of hearing from exposure to loud machinery and noise, and physical injuries from operating vibrating tools.

HSE statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) keep track of and regularly publish statistics detailing the number and frequency of accidents in the construction industry. According to the HSE, nearly a third of all fatal injuries in the workplace, and 10% of major reported injuries, occur in the construction industry.

There is also an estimated 2.3 million working days lost due to illness and injury each year. These are sobering facts when considering that the construction industry only makes up 5% of the British workforce.

While it is impossible to eliminate all Health & Safety risks from the industry, every firm has a duty of care towards their employees. It must keep safety standards as high as possible.

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Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction: for the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

This book has been written specifically for students studying for the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. It is a very comprehensive resource with helpful information and is an excellent tool for all students who want to take the training course confidently.

Everything is covered in this book, including the essential elements of health and safety management in construction. It also helps students to understand risk assessment and control standards and the legal framework of H&S in the industry.

This book is well illustrated and delivers information in a straightforward and easy to understand format. There are also checklists and record sheets included.

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Chudley and Greeno's Building Construction Handbook

This well-illustrated reference book is a valuable tool for all construction students and workers that want to update their knowledge. This book includes the principles and processes of construction along with building construction practices and regulations.

The handbook has been continuously developed and updated over several years, so it contains a wealth of knowledge on both traditional procedures and modern developments within the construction industry.

This latest update includes the recent changes to current building regulations and an in-depth look at new construction materials of methods used in modern sustainable building designs and projects.

An ideal resource for undergraduate and vocational students undertaking NVQ and BTEC National, through to Higher National Certificate and Diploma, to Foundation and three-year Degree level.

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Health, safety and environment test for operatives and specialists 2019

All construction students are required to take the CITB Health, safety and environment test. It helps the construction industry educate their workers on health and safety and helps to raise awareness of the risks present in their working environment.

Construction workers cannot work without a construction industry scheme card, and this test forms a vital part of their journey to become a qualified construction workers.

This package contains all the essential materials students need to sit the CITB Health, safety and environment test for construction operatives and specialists. It includes a wealth of learning content alongside questions and answers sheets, including health, safety and environment knowledge and specialist questions.

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Health and Safety Pocket Book Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Feb. 2018

The Health and Safety Pocket Book has been fully revised to include the latest legal, HSE ACoP/Guidance and practice references. This is a go-to reference book for anyone working in a construction role with health and safety responsibilities, such as auditors, managers, HR personnel, and employee representatives.

The pocketbook has a very organised A–Z arrangement with excellent cross-referencing to make it easy for the reader to navigate. The practical size of the book makes it easy to keep on-site to be used as a source of information for construction site staff.

It is a valuable resource for staff following health and safety courses at all study levels.

Managing Health and Safety in Construction: Construction

This book has been updated to include the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), which came into force on 6 April 2015. It is an excellent guide for those seeking guidance on the legal requirements for CDM 2015.

It is a valuable reference that breaks down and explains the law that applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion. It explains what a construction supervisor or manager needs to comply with current health and safety regulations.

This guidebook can help staff with a supervisory role successfully implement transitional changes to help construction projects meet all current rules and regulations.