Whilst the Australian construction industry continues to see continual growth, with the number of workers in the industry growing by 33% over the last 11 years, it still remains a high-risk industry to be in.
ARE YOU AT RISK OF A WORK ACCIDENT?
We have done some research on the figures from 2002-2014 in the industry to bring you an ‘at a glance’ look at some of the key statistics;
The fact that there are still fatal accidents within the construction industry can’t be hidden. However, there have been significant reductions in the numbers and rates of injuries and fatalities in this industry over the last ten years or more.
In 2013–14 the construction industry accounted for 9% of the workforce but accounted for 12% of work related fatalities.
In 2012–14 the construction industry had the 5th highest fatality rate per 100 000 workers!
This therefore shows that there is still a fair amount of work to be done to reduce the number of fatal accidents further and bring this percentage down.
The main causes of fatalities within the construction sector were as follows;
Falls from a height accounted for 28% of fatalities overall in the construction industry over the 12 year period from 2002 – 2014!
No matter what sector of the construction industry you are in ladders are still the highest cause of injury and fatality in falling from a height.
It is apparent that accidents do happen in the construction industry as they do in most professions. Only time and effort will tell as to whether this continues to improve in the long term.
TAKE ACTION PERSONALLY – Don’t use a ladder incorrectly. Hire a scissor lift or knuckle boom if necessary and help reduce the shocking statistics in the industry!
Call Duralift on 1300 580 580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to save yourself an injury today.