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 2017/18, 38 construction workers lost their lives.
- In addition, there are an estimated 80,000 workers suffering from work-related ill health, around 32,000 of which were new cases that came through over the past year.
The majority of fatal accidents in construction are now occurring on small projects. As such, there is still much work to be done to make the construction industry a safer place to work, and this work needs to focus on raising standards among the smaller firms in this industry.
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 committed to working with its 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.
In order to do this, the FMB plays a leading role in the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC). CONIAC advises HSE and wider government on industry issues relating to health and safety and acts as the public face and voice of construction on matters of health and safety.
The FMB leads the work of the CONIAC Supporting Small Employers group which is seeking to dramatically improve the communication and uptake of good health and safety practices by small construction firms. The FMB also sits on the Steering Group which oversees all of CONIAC’s work.