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Construction Industry Safety & Health

Introduction

Safety and health are a priority. Their lives depend on it

Safety and health are a priority. Their lives depend on it.

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Construction work is a high hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving initial building, alteration, repair, and/or demo. This type of work can expose workers to hazards such as the following:

  • Contact with power tools.
  • Engulfment.
  • Falling/flying debris or materials.
  • Falls from any height.
  • Overhead high voltage lines.

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  • Airborne contaminants (silica and lead dust, asbestos, gases).
  • Chemicals/Toxins (liquids, fumes).
  • Confined Spaces.
  • Electricity.
  • Moving mechanical parts (unguarded machinery parts).
  • Slips and trips.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Varying weather conditions.

These hazards can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this industry page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or foreseen safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

Providing a safe work environment can ensure workers return home safely to their families.

Preventive efforts make good business sense when you begin to consider the possible costs associated with a tragic incident. In addition to the immeasurable human costs (financial, physical, emotional burdens on families and communities), personnel, productivity, and even regulatory costs to a business will quickly add up.

Find Information and Resources

Residential Construction

Commercial Construction

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