Every year many construction and engineering site workers are killed or injured as a result of their work; others suffer ill health, such as musculoskeletal disorders, dermatitis or asbestosis. The hazards are not, however, restricted to those working on site. Children and other members of the public are also killed or injured because health and safety procedures had not been adequately controlled.
We believe thats employers should enforce safety guidelines and employees should adhere to them. We wish to educate both employers and employees on the benefits of health and safety programs and of the concequnces of ignoring them.
The construction and engineering industry’s performance has shown a steady long-term improvement, which we welcome. However there is no room for complacency. We can so easily believe that accidents will always happen to other people and will never touch us. But unless we all recognise our own vulnerability – and just how vulnerable others can be – then, as a result of the decisions we make, construction and engineering workers and their families will continue to witness the unnecessary injuries, pain and suffering that so tragically afflict the industry.
In addition, accidents and ill health have a financial cost. The business case for improving performance is absolutely clear. Whatever sort of business you are, the underlying aim of good health and safety management is to make sure that people's safety is not put at risk and that their health is not damaged.
Remember, attention to health and safety is not just about obeying the law and being socially responsible. It also makes good business sense.
David Anderson (CEO)
Safety Support Consultants.
Action on health and safety can:
• Reduce your accident losses;
• Cut absenteeism;
• Improve your profit and loss statement;
• Help you become more efficient; and
• Improve your business profile with customers, clients, insurers, enforcers etc.
The key to ensuring the safety and health of everyone in the workplace is having a good health and safety management system which protects everyone. But construction and engineering workers can be at particular risk because they are exposed to a very dangerous environment and thus they need good advice, information and supervision.