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If you work in the construction industry, you know just how dangerous it can be. As a response to the high number of injuries and fatalities related to the construction industry, the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 has made regulating the health and safety of the construction industry a national priority.

This infographic outlines some of the most common causes of injury and death.

Construction fatalities

In the five years between 2008–2009 and 2012–2013, a staggering 182 construction workers were killed, with 123 people losing their life in construction services, 30 in heavy and civil engineering construction and 29 in building construction. It was revealed that the most common instances that caused death were: sustaining falls from substantial heights, contact with live electricity, being hit by moving or falling objects and incidents involving heavy vehicles and machinery.

One of the most dangerous trends is falling from heights. Between 2008–2009 and 2012–2013, a staggering 48 construction workers were killed – 20 from falling from buildings and structures, 12 from falling off ladders and five from falling off scaffolding. The workers most at risk of experiencing fall from heights fatalities are: roofers, plumbers, builders, painters and decorators.

Construction serious injuries

In the five years between 2008–2009 and 2012–2013, a further 63,230 construction workers were seriously injured. The most common injuries that were sustained were joint, ligament, muscle and tendon damage, internal organ damage, wounds, lacerations, amputations and bone fractures. The most common causes of these injuries were revealed to be trips and falls, bodily stress, being hit by moving objects and damaging contact of objects with part of the body.

It is essential that you and your team are aware of the injury hotspots and hazards on each work site and that you participate in regular and detailed safety training to reduce the risk of possible injuries and fatalities.