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The construction sector has one of the worst occupational safety and health records in Europe.

  • Workers in the construction sector have greater exposure to biological, chemical and ergonomic risk factors, as well as noise and temperature.
  • Around 45% of construction workers say their work affects their health.
  • Construction is one of the most physically demanding sectors.
  • The costs of accidents and ill health in the sector, are immense to individuals, employers and governments.
  • More than 99% of construction firms in Europe are small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
  • General safety measures
  • Tackling major hazards and risks
  • Agency publications on construction

What do I have to do? Advice for employers

How do I keep safe? Advice for employees