Anyone who has ever seen the hilarious Rory Stories ‘The useless lad on every building site’ YouTube clip will know that creator Rory O’Connor has had at least some experience of the industry.
Construction Safety Week 2019 will run from Monday, 21st October to Friday, 25th October, coinciding with European Safety Week.
As discussed at the inaugural CIF Health and Safety Summit in November 2018, workplace stress and the consequential adverse effects on a worker’s mental health is increasingly of serious concern for employers.
According to the HSA’s ‘Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Underground Services’, injuries that result from damage to live electricity cables are usually caused by the explosive effects of arcing current and by any associated fire or flames that may follow when the sheath of a cable and the conductor insulation are penetrated by a sharp object such as the point of a tool, or when a cable is crushed severely enough to cause internal contact between the sheathing and one or more of the conductors.
Working at height is one of the recurring cause of fatalities and serious injury in Ireland. A review of construction-related fatal accidents, as undertaken by the HSA for the years 1989 to 2016, identified falling from height as the single most common cause of fatal accidents.
The hazards and associated liabilities of employees driving for work pose many issues, which are exacerbated through speeding or a loss of attention caused by driver distraction, fatigue or other influence (eg, intoxicants).
Many workers are exposed to hazardous substances while at work. According to EU-OSHA, the industry sectors with a high prevalence of dangerous substances include agriculture (62%), manufacturing (52%) and construction (51%).
The construction industry is on track to have the lowest recorded workplace fatalities this year, with two recorded deaths in 2019. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) reports 164 non-fatal workplace incidents in construction from January to June 2019.
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has officially launched Construction Safety Week 2019, which will run from 21st to 25th October.