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HAZARDS AT WORK
For more information on Construction click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

Construction is one of Britain's biggest industries and one of its most dangerous.

In the last 25 years, 2,800 people have been killed on construction sites or as a result of construction activities. Many more have been injured or made ill. Each year it tops the work fatalities list, accounting for over a quarter of all workplace deaths. Annually, as many as 4,000 building workers may die from industrial disease and thousands are injured as a result of construction work.

Hazards faced by construction workers include: Asbestos; musculo-skeletal disorders; falls; slips and tips; noise. Diseases they face include: Dermatitis; asthma, and emphysema. Often work is sub-contracted, causing uncertainty as to who is responsible for safety. New legislation now insists that everyone has duties and responsibilities regarding health and safety, from the worker to each contractor, to the architect up to the top boss.

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Cameron says ‘no’ to blacklisting inquiry The prime minister has confirmed he will not support a public inquiry into blacklisting of union reps for raising safety and other concerns on site. In an interview with journalist Adam Smith, author of the bestseller ‘Obama and Me’, David Cameron said: “What is...
25 July 2014
Rise in sites deaths ‘sends chill’ through the industry Construction union UCATT is warning that the latest fatality figures, showing an increase in construction deaths, could mark the beginning of a steady rise in fatalities. Despite the overall number of workplace fatalities in 2013/14 reaching an all-time low, the number...
11 July 2014
Scheming site firms try to bypass blacklist justice Unions have condemned a “cynical” industry-controlled compensation scheme for blacklisted construction workers launched last week ahead of this week’s continuation of a High Court compensation case. In October last year, eight major companies implicated in the blacklisting scandal - Balfour Beatty, Carillion,...
11 July 2014
Call for health checks for construction apprentices Tackling work-related ill health among construction apprentices could save the Scottish economy more than £30m over the next decade, new figures suggest. Constructing Better Health Scotland (CBH Scotland) is calling for baseline health checks for all apprentices entering the industry. The organisation, established...
09 May 2014
Concrete concerns before Crossrail death A whistleblower has revealed how giant boulders of concrete had fallen and a number of people were injured in the months before a construction worker was crushed to death in a Crossrail tunnel. A document marked “confidential”, obtained by the Camden New Journal, warns of...
09 May 2014
Don’t fall for blacklisting payouts scam Blacklisted workers are being told to steer clear of a compensation scheme set up by construction firms but not agreed with unions. Unions Unite and UCATT say the scheme is too restricted, too mean and won’t deliver justice. UCATT said its members should “have...
25 April 2014
Government cuts heighten flood dangers Cuts to essential Environment Agency (EA) jobs will dramatically reduce the country’s ability to respond to floods and other extreme weather emergencies, unions have said. The warning, coming as large stretches of the country remained flood affected, has received support from MPs. Conservative MP Anne...
10 January 2014
TUC calls for a proper inquiry into blacklisting A rigorous examination of blacklisting cannot be tacked onto a party political inquiry set up to help the Conservative Party bash unions, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady has said. She was speaking after deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said a government review...
22 November 2013
Unite demands access to site after death A major construction firm had refused the union Unite access to a London construction site where a worker died last week, denying workers essential safety support. On 6 November labourer Richard Laco, 31, died when a concrete stairwell fell on him at the...
15 November 2013
Construction unions have welcomed a decision by the Labour Party to bar blacklisting construction firm Carillion from its conference.
27 September 2013

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