Factsheet 48 - Health and safety on small construction sites


Construction is a risky business, with nearly 13 workers per 100 000 being killed in construction, as against five per 100 000 in the all-sector average. Construction work also exposes workers to a wide range of health problems: from asbestosis to back pain; hand—arm vibration syndrome to cement burns. This factsheet gives basic advice on health and safety in construction, but cannot provide detailed guidance. It is recommended that you contact your relevant enforcing authority or other bodies before starting work if you require further advice.

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