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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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