Construction health and safety has improved markedly over the last few decades however, by its very nature the industry remains a hazardous one. Construction workers suffer high numbers of serious injuries at work, and a wide range of more subtle, but no less serious, occupational health challenges.
- In 2014/15, 39 construction workers lost their lives.
- In addition, there were an estimated 76,000 total cases of work-related ill health, of which 31,000 were new cases.
As such, there is still much work to be done to make the construction industry a safer place to work. It is the FMB's view that the single most important thing that can be done to improve health and safety is to assist small to medium (SME) firms to understand the dangers and how to effectively deal with them in a proportionate and sensible way.
The FMB is also committed to working with it's members, the Health and Safety Executive and the wider construction industry to do this and to continue to improve the management of health and safety in our industry.