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    Health and Safety News

    Action to protect health of construction workers

    By Jonathan Brown on March 20, 2016

    Action to protect health of construction workers

    Health conditions in the construction sector are to be discussed by industry professionals at an upcoming conference.

    The aim is to reduce the number of builders taken ill, by helping employers make improvements to the working environment on site.

    Exposure to asbestos and silica will be on the agenda, along with lung problems caused by exposure to things like diesel fumes.

    Occupational diseases

    The event – to be held on April 21 in London – will build on the success of the inaugural Construction Health Summit, which brought together representatives from businesses and organisations to tackle the health risks of occupational diseases associated with construction.

    Figureheads from the industry made pledges to cut incidences of deaths caused by asbestos and silica, as well as promises to address health problems caused by noise and vibrations from machinery, like vibration white finger, which occurs from extended exposure to heavy duty vibrating machinery.

    Action was also pledged against skin conditions such as dermatitis, which can develop after exposure to hazardous substances in the working environment, while a film was launched to raise awareness of just how important it is for construction workers to look after their health.

    All of the work-related conditions listed above are sadly common among construction workers, hence the latest call to arms.

    Safety on site

    The construction industry has made a huge effort to tackle issues relating to poor safety practices on building sites in recent years.

    This effort appears to have had a positive impact, with a dramatic fall in the number of fatal construction site accidents.

    Figures show a total of 35 fatalities occurred in 2014, down significantly on previous year, although it is still 35 too much.

    Organisers of the latest event hope to spark a similar reduction in the amount of health problems caused by work-related factors.

    The Health in Construction Leadership Group brings together several industry bodies, including CITB, trade unions and the Health and Safety Executive.

    Source: CITB

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    Date Published: March 20, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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